Castle Island Park & Fort Independence

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Castle Island Park & Fort Independence
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South Boston lays claim to one of the city's most appealing shoreline parks: the 22-acre Castle Island. It's also among the oldest fortified military sites in North America, centerpieced by Fort Independence, a pentagonal granite structure that was finished in the 1850s. Prior to its construction, seven other forts had been built and destroyed in the area, occupied by American and British troops in turn. Today, the island's green space and open air make for a pleasant outing.


Venue name: Castle Island Park & Fort Independence
Address: East end of William J Day Boulevard at Shore Road

Opening hours: Park 24hrs daily. Fort 7pm-midnight Thur; noon-3.30pm Sat, Sun.
Transport: Red line to Broadway then bus 9, 11
Price: Admission free.
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