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Boston Common, Boston

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#2 of 305 in Parks in Massachusetts
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. Using our international travel planner, Boston attractions like Boston Common can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • October 4, 2017
    We walked through the common on a beautiful fall day and enjoyed the fountain, the flowers, the statues and the people enjoying the experience.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Great to walk through, relax and enjoy. There were a lot of people there, I assume a lot were students in college but very well behaved. Not rowdy. Enjoyed this park very much. I wish that I could hav...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Fantastic and tranquil moment of peace inside the bustle of the city. I saw lots of picnics and lazing around in the beautiful weather. Lots of trees. Just beautiful.  more »
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  • June 2, 2017
    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.
  • May 25, 2017
    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.
  • July 2, 2017
    Great park! Big park with lots of people, but not over crowded. Great for kids or relaxing. Giant green space in the middle of the city! Two thumbs up
  • June 27, 2017
    Great park in the Boston center. A lot of different historical marks as well as places to walk around. Who is first time in Boston it will be a good starting point: Freedom trail is stating here.
  • July 6, 2017
    It has a lot of beautiful animals that I saw like swans ducks and rabbits. Also it has a lot of wonderful monuments and areas to take family photos. If you ever come enjoy!

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