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Boston Common, Boston

4.5
#2 of 306 in Parks in Massachusetts
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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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  • With so much building and commercial activity, the Common was a nice visual break from the rest of the city. The kids just liked grabbing an ice cream and resting. If there was more time we would've t...  more »
  • Very clean. Felt safe. Full of families enjoying the water feature/shallow pool. Take a picnic and chill whilst people watching.  more »
  • Suprised by the amount of homeless people. Not dangerous or intimidating in any way, but just suprised byt the amount. Park looks great and there are loads of people so a good vibe.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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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