Boston Common
Boston Common
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Whether it's a summer picnic in the grass or winter ice-skating on Frog Pond, Boston's oldest public park is the perfect escape from the bustle of the city.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
How to get there
  • Boylston • 4 min walk
  • Park St • 4 min walk
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  • lucycan
    San Diego, California3,506 contributions
    Great spot
    This is the public space dedicated in 1634. Yes, you read that correct. There is the Public Gardens (across the street to the West) which have only been around since the 1800s. Nice wide open space. Newest piece is the MLK "Embrace" which is really cool. Kind of like the Chicago Bean. Anyways you could wander around the Commons for hours.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 8, 2023
  • romadaro
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,583 contributions
    A Great Place to Spend the Day
    With its manicured lawns, the Common is a place that seems to be enjoyed by both tourists and residents from throughout the city. Highly recommend it if it’s a nice day and you have some time to kill. Lots of good restaurants and shopping surround it so you can’t go wrong.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 26, 2023
  • kmetzger2016
    Arvada, Colorado6 contributions
    Wonderful place to stroll and let the kids play!
    Wonderful area to walk around, sit and have a coffee, let the kids play and just stroll. Cool bronze statues, especially The Embrace. Dedication to MLK and Mrs. King. Nice little carousel for our 3 year old.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 27, 2023
  • 363cymru123
    Cardiff, United Kingdom129 contributions
    Fantastic area
    Boston Common is a must visit park while visiting the area. There is a large children's play area, a shallow children's splash pool (the frog pond), Parkman bandstand, monuments and statues galore. Plenty of grassed areas to chill out on as well as many park benches in both the sun and shade. There is a large information centre where you can pick up your FREE map of the Freedom Trail. The trail also starts from the information centre in the park, just follow the red brick path. There are also clean public restrooms here in the park too,
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Jimmish
    Marblehead, Massachusetts202 contributions
    A great park for a beautiful walk in the City
    Love Boston Common, which is split into 2. A brand new sculpture showing an embrace with 2 arms hugging was amazing, Frog pond with its fountain in the Summer and ice skating in the Winter. Lots of open space for sitting amongst the trees. The second part of the parks, has monuments, lake with the famous Swan boats and bridge. The flowerbeds are in full bloom and very well kept. This is such a great must to see whether you are a tourist or a local.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 17, 2023
  • OrlandoMouse
    St. Augustine, Florida2,239 contributions
    When in Boston you must visit the Boston Commons
    When in Boston, you need to visit the Boston Commons. It is a beautiful park with rolling hills, a duck pond, a carousel, and many statues. In the summer there are the swan boats to take a ride about the duck pond. Nearby is a brass sculpture of “Make Way for the Ducklings”. The spring and summer the park is filled with multiple colored flower blooms. Near the carousel is the Frog Pond, which in the winter can become a skating rink. In the fall, the leaves on the trees change color creating a picturesque landscape. The park has restrooms, meadows to sit in as well as park benches. It can be the home for outdoor concerts, fairs and events. It is definitely a place to see when in Boston. Also, there is a visitor center in the park, you can stop in for brochures as to what to do in the city. This is one spot where the Freedom Trail begins. You can even pick up a guide for the trail here. Take the time to enjoy.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 25, 2023
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forgotmypword
Boston, MA36,697 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
Fireworks!! If you are not a nice ght-owl, this is the place to be for an amazing fireworks display at 7pm on New Year’s Eve.

Other “first night” events take place here too duch as ice sculpures and an ice skating performance on Frog Pond.
Written December 31, 2023
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,827 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Boston Common was founded in 1634. It is a nice space in central Boston, with the Public Garden adjacent. Good to see so much green space in a big city!
Written November 7, 2023
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OrlandoMouse
St. Augustine, FL2,239 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
When in Boston, you need to visit the Boston Commons. It is a beautiful park with rolling hills, a duck pond, a carousel, and many statues. In the summer there are the swan boats to take a ride about the duck pond. Nearby is a brass sculpture of “Make Way for the Ducklings”. The spring and summer the park is filled with multiple colored flower blooms. Near the carousel is the Frog Pond, which in the winter can become a skating rink. In the fall, the leaves on the trees change color creating a picturesque landscape.
The park has restrooms, meadows to sit in as well as park benches. It can be the home for outdoor concerts, fairs and events. It is definitely a place to see when in Boston. Also, there is a visitor center in the park, you can stop in for brochures as to what to do in the city. This is one spot where the Freedom Trail begins. You can even pick up a guide for the trail here. Take the time to enjoy.
Written October 25, 2023
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pjgrad
Kent, WA502 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Lovely park with fountains, plantings, and lots of good people watching. Easy to get to and easy to walk around.
Written October 22, 2023
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Jimmish
Marblehead, MA202 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Love Boston Common, which is split into 2.
A brand new sculpture showing an embrace with 2 arms hugging was amazing, Frog pond with its fountain in the Summer and ice skating in the Winter. Lots of open space for sitting amongst the trees.
The second part of the parks, has monuments, lake with the famous Swan boats and bridge. The flowerbeds are in full bloom and very well kept.
This is such a great must to see whether you are a tourist or a local.
Written August 17, 2023
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Jonathan M
Tuxedo Park, NY552 contributions
Jun 2023
Enjoy your stroll through part of Boston that has not changed in almost 400 years. Home to several notable monuments including the 54th Massachusetts and The Embrace.
Written August 13, 2023
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Larry-Calif
San Francisco, CA377 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Starting at the beginning of the Freedom Trail where it all began many, many, many years ago in 1635.

Sitting on a park bench, closing my eyes, I can imagine hearing the cows mooing in the green pasture field, seeing the early settlers enjoying the common, and hearing the volunteers soldiers vocal commands during their training; and now, hearing the joys of laughter of kids on the playground, seeing the elderly enjoying the beauties of nature, and hearing all folks chattering away in the sunshine

What a wonderful place. I’m glad I started here at the COMMON FOR EVERYONE at the Boston Common.
Written August 13, 2023
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363cymru123
Cardiff, UK129 contributions
Aug 2023
Boston Common is a must visit park while visiting the area. There is a large children's play area, a shallow children's splash pool (the frog pond), Parkman bandstand, monuments and statues galore. Plenty of grassed areas to chill out on as well as many park benches in both the sun and shade. There is a large information centre where you can pick up your FREE map of the Freedom Trail. The trail also starts from the information centre in the park, just follow the red brick path. There are also clean public restrooms here in the park too,
Written August 6, 2023
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Debbie
15 contributions
Jun 2023
this was such a pretty place to visit. I especially liked the musicians that were playing and that there is a carousel in the middle of the park. the dr king memorial was a nice touch also.
Written July 8, 2023
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BER0416
Chattanooga, TN703 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Absolutely wonderful and peaceful green space in the middle of downtown. Whether strolling the gardens, jogging, biking, or taking in the sun a must for your visit to Boston.
Written June 24, 2023
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