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Boston Common, Boston

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The country's oldest city park, Boston Common dates back to the 1630s. Consisting of 20 hectares (50 acres), the common is part of an extensive chain of parks linked by parkways and waterways. It's named the "Emerald Necklace" because of the way it appears to hang from the "neck" of the Boston peninsula. Pick up a map at the on-site information kiosk to locate notable burial sites within the park, including the graves of painter Gilbert Stuart, composer William Billings, and poet Samuel Sprague. To see the first subway station in America, visit the southern corner of the park. See Boston Common and all Boston has to offer by arranging your trip with our Boston vacation route planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Right next to the public garden but bigger although not as pretty. Plenty of paths. Kids play ground and frog pool (wading pool for kids but doesn't open until late June). Start of the Freedom Trail  more »
  • This parkland was beautiful with the trees bursting into leaf, green grass and with a peaceful, calm feeling it was well worth a stroll through. You can pick up some of the freedom trail, visit the po...  more »
  • We stayed within a few blocks of the Boston Common and it was a great place to take our little ones. They loved running in the park and the playground (although this was pretty crowded at times). They...  more »
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  • Beautiful park in the midst of Boston! Lovely scenery, transmitting calm and promoting relaxation. A nice place to read, talk, or just wander around. Live music adds vibe to the already nice atmosphere. It is also a great place to eat lunch, plenty of sitting space.
  • Beautiful Park in Boston! There are great walking paths, swan boat rides, families spending time on the green spaces, people walking their dogs, dogs playing with other dogs, and ducks everywhere! I see people lounging around and playing catch. It's busy on nice days. Plenty of trees for sitting in the shade. The one time I went there in the evening I saw a pretty big rat! Just be aware that they are around if you are not used to that! There are plenty of people performing and asking for money as well.
  • The Common is a great place to go for a walk or to enjoy some of the spacious area for activities right in the middle of the city. Please do not compare it to Central Park as the both serve two completely different functionalities. The Common is a place where people can do a number of things, but does not serve as the single way for City residents to escape the rush. Therefore people go there mostly to walk, meet, or jog, which makes The Common feel just busy enough.
  • A great place for the family and pets. Many events held there during every season. Easy to get in and out of. A must see green space if you're visiting Boston. Great for jogs and long walks.
  • Love this park. It's so beautiful. Bring a blanket to lay on the grass in the good weather. Great for people watching, amazing for families to stroll the park's perfect landscape or ride on swan boat around the lake. The parking is a challenge though.