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Boston Common

139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111, USA
| +1 617-635-4505
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America's Oldest Park Boston Massachusetts United States
Boston Common Boston Massachusetts United States
Boston Common Boston Massachusetts United States
America's Oldest Park Boston Massachusetts United States
Boston Common Boston Massachusetts United States

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Sun - Sat 5am - 11pm

Boston Common

The Common becomes extraordinary on winter evenings when the Christmas tree is up and soft lights seem to hold back the twilight chill, but the truth is there’s no bad time to visit the nation’s oldest public park. The former cow pasture has been a focal point for Boston’s history and culture since its inception in 1636—a site for riots and rallies from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War era as well as weddings, hangings, and burials. Summer splashing and winter skating at the Frog Pond are local traditions, and you can spend hours wandering from landmark to landmark (like Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s famous bas-relief Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-Fourth Regiment, or the Soldiers and Sailors monument atop Flag Staff Hill). Or you can just laze in the sun on the park’s west-side lawn.

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AFAR Local Expert
over 5 years ago

America's Oldest Park

The Boston Common, built in 1634, is America's oldest park and the start of the famous Freedom Trail. A beautiful spot to walk in all seasons and try to imagine the Redcoats making camp there in 1775. During the winter, the Frog Pond has a magical skating rink that will delight both young and old—especially in the early evening when the surrounding trees twinkle with fairy lights.
AFAR Contributor
over 3 years ago

Boston Common

The 20-hectare (50-acre) Boston Common is not only the starting point of the Freedom Trail, but also the oldest park in the United States, having been established in 1634. A number of historic moments have played out here, and not just during the Revolutionary period—Charles Lindbergh, Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope John Paul II all spoke to crowds gathered in the park. Today, Boston Common is home to ball fields and Frog Pond, where you can skate in winter and children can play in a spray pool in summer.
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