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Boston Common, Boston

#2 of 26 in Parks in Boston
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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  • Very nice in the middle of a well maintained Park is full of squirrels right place to relax while visiting the city
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  • An oasis in the middle of the buildings of the city centre. Excellent to relax and also to park your car in the underground to all walks. But don't forget that the daily costs about $35. Certainly quite salty and can only be paid by credit card. Still, it's worth a lot. The Park is beautiful and a must.
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  • Located in the heart of Boston, offers a huge area for walking, exercising or simply enjoy the atmosphere, with large expanse of lawn and trees. All littered with monuments and a lagoon (The Frog Pond), which in winter becomes a popular skating rink. Invited to be enjoyed by the whole family and at every opportunity.
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  • We visited the Frog Pond with my kid. She had loads of fun skating there. The 1hr support seal was good to begin with. Eventually she became more confident to do it without it. It was quite cold in the afternoon, so dress warm. It also has a Tadpole park attached with lots of swings & slides, a treat for kids. Overall, good experience!!
  • Boston common is one of the places everyone should visit sometime. My last trip was skating at the frog pond. My family loved it! However, I remember many a first night celebration wandering among the ice sculptures. Or just strolling through on a warm day. I highly recommend spending some time here.
  • Classic Boston! You can't visit this city and not take a stroll through the park. The frog pond is great in the summer months for a free activity with the family. It is an outdoor skating rink during winter months. Great gated parks for small children, a leash free zone for dogs (not gated) and you can cross over to the public gardens and enjoy Bostons famous swan boats and take pics with the i famous Make Way for Ducklings bronze statues!
  • Anyone that visits Boston has to go to Boston common. Nicely upkeep and even the squirrels come and eat out of your hand. It is a pleasant place on a beautiful day to walk our just sit and watch the view. It is within an easy walk and easy drive to major destinations. A wonderful wonderful city
  • Right smackdab in the heart of Boston, When I visit the Boston Common, I was left staring everywhere I walked. Every corner, every side, and every location has some point of interest. If you visit the Boston Common, don’t think you’ll be bored, it’s such a beautiful park with wonderful attractions. The location is wonderful and has many things to do. Don’t forget to bring a camera!

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