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Boston Common, Boston

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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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  • A must see and also, a great place to start your tour of Boston by stopping in the Information Center. 
    A must see and also, a great place to start your tour of Boston by stopping in the Information Center.  more »
  • Like everything else in this somewhat small and amazing city, this is a very well maintained park that is rich in history. You can’t come to Boston without a stop at the Common! 
    Like everything else in this somewhat small and amazing city, this is a very well maintained park that is rich in history. You can’t come to Boston without a stop at the Common!  more »
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  • Beautiful park filled with people just relaxing and enjoying the summer weather. There's a "freedom trail" to follow on the ground if you start at the Visitors Center. There's lots to see once inside, different grounds and play areas. Best known for hosting large concerts and Shakespeare in the Park! Also, one other hidden gem, is the parking lot located inside the park grounds. It's open 24 hours and has security patrols everywhere, very safe and well lit. Take elevators to sub levels, five levels in total.
  • The oldest open space in this wonderful city. Take a walk, book a tour, see some of the interesting little corners. The Freedom Trail cuts right through this wonderful public space. We took time to sit and enjoy the day a bit on one of the benches as kids and adults played, rode bikes, and walked. A couple of areas had public speakers giving their viewpoints. Within you will also find a couple of memorials and ponds.

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