NU Bucket List #69: Castle Island

Summer is coming to an end, but there’s still time to make it to Castle Island while the weather’s still nice! Since the 1630s, Castle Island has been home to several fortifications that have defended Boston through the American Revolution and other colonial battles. Only about a 20 minute drive from campus, you won’t want to miss the history, food, and views you can only find on Castle Island!

Located in Boston Harbor, Castle Island is home to picturesque views. The Harborwalk stretches around the shoreline of Castle Island, taking you through a number of beaches and parks along the way. Looking for a longer walk? Castle Island is technically not a freestanding island, allowing you to walk an entire loop around Castle Island and the Carson Beach area!

Take a step back in history on by exploring Fort Independence. Built between 1834 and 1851, Fort Independence is the oldest continually fortified military fort in British North America. Fort Independence is open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, and free tours are available all summer long! Guided tours are 30 minutes long and available from noon to 3:30pm every Saturday and Sunday.

If you’re hungry after all that walking, stop by Sullivan’s on Castle Island! Sullivan’s has been serving burgers, seafood, ice cream and more to Castle Island goers since 1951. Stop by from the last weekend in February until the last weekend in November for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! You won’t miss the Sullivan’s building, as it a replica of the Castle Island Commandant’s House built in 1807!  

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