Visiting Castle Island in South Boston

by Alexa Mills

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People who say they hate Boston probably haven't been to Castle Island. Getting there is hard: You can either drive, bike, take the Red Line to JFK/UMass and walk for 45 minutes, or live in Southie. But here are 10 reasons why it's worth going:

1) You can watch planes land.

2) You can hear conversations in at least three different languages on a summer day.

3) You can wait for a fish.

4) You can eat french fries and ice cream at Sullivan's.

Source: Sullivan's

5) You can walk, run or rollerblade the Pleasure Bay Loop.

Castle Island

6) You can take a tour of Fort Independence, a pentagonal granite fort built in 1851.

Source: Boston Public Library

Source: Boston Cityside Realty

7) You can work on your tan.

Source: Lovely Bicycle!

8) You can go swimming at M Street Beach.

9) You can windsurf.

Warning: Disable sound to avoid loud gusts of wind.

10) You can host a party at one of the barbecue pits.

Alexa Mills is editor and media specialist for the Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She produces the blog CoLab Radio.

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