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Boston Common, Boston

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#2 of 568 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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  • We were here in July, 2019. I know they have legalized weed for recreation, but there are still quite a few signs prohibiting smoking (I guess that only means visitors can't smoke cigarettes). Althoug...  more »
  • If the weather outside is nice, then you want to stroll the Commons. It is relaxing, fun for the kids to run around and get wet, and there's a metro stop. It's also on the Freedom Trail.  more »
  • This is the oldest park in America. It was very clean. Even with an occasional homeless person sleeping by historic landmarks, we felt very safe and enjoyed the different sites inside the park.  more »
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  • This is such a great family friendly park. Lots of diverse folks hang out there and there is so much space. It's close to shops and restaurants, too! Another cool feature is that there is a playground area for the little ones. Though, be mindful that if you have toddlers it might be a little tough for them to play there because the big kids are having lots of fun there, too. Food trucks, merry go rounds, and tons of space. Go there and have a good time.
  • I came in mid-March which is probably not the best time of year but it was a nice sunny day and the walk was lovely. Both ponds were dry and the trees were bare but I imagine it would look amazing in the spring and summer. Definitely go by the Visitor Center since they have discounted tickets for various tours and attractions, including the Freedom Trail.
  • Really large, beautiful park. SO much history. I visited during March, so I look forward to coming during nice weather when everything is green and full bloom & lots of activities are going on! Even in the cold, the park is thriving with activity!
  • Great location to start at if you've never been to Boston easy access to history, food, shopping, sitting, restrooms, the capital building and people watching. Fantastic spot to sit, eat your lunch and relax. You could easily spend a whole day in this small area of Boston without utilizing public transportation but if you feel the need it is right there too. 😊🌳
  • This is the type of green space that more cities, specifically city centers, need! Boston is hands down one of the most beautiful cities in America. I am very impressed with what they’ve done with their parks.
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