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Boston Common

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Address: Boston, MA 02108
Phone Number: +1 617-635-4500
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Whether it's a summer picnic in the grass or winter ice-skating on Frog...

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.

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One Hour Boston Segway Tour
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Downtown Freedom Trail Walking Tour in Boston
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Boston Freedom Trail to Copley Square Walking Tour

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Chunky Squirrels :)

During our trip we found our selves walking through the common many times to get from A to B which isnt required but adds to the Boston experience . We loved the squirrels which... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

During our trip we found our selves walking through the common many times to get from A to B which isnt required but adds to the Boston experience . We loved the squirrels which are all around and are so tame the practically walk right up to you and stare at you waiting for a treat ,first 1 then 2... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Being from the Boston area, I've utilized the common year round for walks and respite. In the spring, you can smell the freshness in the air. Summer time, the trees and flowers are in bloom...The hustle and bustle of tourists and food trucks, popcorn, and restaurants fill the air. Autumn is as beautiful, multicolored nature. The common is lit up... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Boston Commons is a nice public park in many ways, but to my mind the most important thing is to thee the Saint-Gaudens memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment. It is one of the greatest pieces of American public sculpture, and has more than a little historical interest as well. It's on the sidewalk, at the top... More 

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Saint Thomas, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This park was close to our hotel and we walked past and through it a lot during our stay. It's beautiful and had an ice skating rink in the middle. The rink was $6 per adult. Plus $12 to rent skates. Then $3 for a locker if you want one, many left their shoes sitting under a bench instead. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Christmas lights and tree were beautiful, and it is lovely during the day, when children can play in the playgrounds or you can start your tour of the Freedom Trail. It likely is an excellent place to sit and read when it is warmer out, but was nice to visit in the cold December too!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun and educational- amazing beautiful and awesome feeling- a must see in Boston- we will go again soon

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful to visit both. The ice rink. The lighted trees. A winter stroll is also nice here. The squirrels. The people. And the buildings around. Everything is near here.

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Thank SusiHoch
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Walked around this place with the frog pond turned into a skating ring. I enjoyed watching the adults and kids skate. Everybody was in a festive and good mood

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Could see the state house very extravagant. Had an ice rink which unfortunately i did not get chance to go on.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Boston Common is one the places you have to visit. You can do a nice walk or just sti down and relax, listening the birds and seeing the squirrels. Nature atmosphere is perfect to take some awesome pictures.

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Staying in Downtown

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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.
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