A sure sign of spring: Sullivan’s Castle Island will reopen Saturday

Line up for lobster rolls, soft serve, and half-priced hot dogs.

for Travel - 18southboston - Spring begins in South Boston when Sullivan's opens at Castle Island. (David Lyon for The Boston Globe) 2017
Spring begins Saturday when Sullivan's Castle Island opens for the season. –David Lyon for The Boston Globe

If there was ever a time to celebrate Leap Day, this is it: On Saturday, Feb. 29, Sullivan’s Castle Island will reopen for the season.

The South Boston shack at the edge of Pleasure Bay is now in its 69th year and has become a household name, known equally for its family-friendly vibe as it is for its affordable fried seafood, hot dogs, burgers, and creamy soft serve. Sullivan’s seasonal opening can be seen as the unofficial start to spring, a day when customers start lining up well before its 9 a.m. opening time for coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and doughnuts.

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This year, as is tradition, the shack will offer half-priced hot dogs from Feb. 29 to March 6 to celebrate its spring awakening. There will also be a few menu changes, including fried shrimp that now come with a side of French fries.

Last year’s opening day saw snow on the ground, but Saturday’s forecast looks to be snow-free with temperatures in the mid 30s. It may still not be soft-serve weather, but if Sullivan’s decides it’s time for spring, we’re on board.

Sullivan’s Castle Island; 2080 William J Day Blvd., Boston; Daily from 9 a.m.–close; sullivanscastleisland.com

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