Boston Common, Boston

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    Boston Common

    by gilescorey Updated Mar 7, 2009

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    There are few public parks in the world as famous as Boston Common and The Public Gardens....So, uh yeah, this tip is practically useless; because any visitor to Boston invariably falls upon these public spaces with no help from a guidebook.

    The two parks are separated by Charles Street, but have vastly different characters. The Common is a little rougher around the edges, a little more casual, and the site of concerts, festivals and a lovely swimming hole that becomes an ice skating rink during the winter. The Gardens, by contrast, are impeccably manicured with tidy flower beds, pedestrian bridges and the iconic swan boats.

    When in Boston, I approach The Common via Downtown Crossing and pass through both parks on the way to Newbury Street. Or, I'll come down off Beacon Hill, visiting the State House before crossing the Common and on to Newbury.

    One warning: You'll think I'm kidding, but the squirrels in these two parks are notoriously agressive. Get too close, and you might lose a finger or two.

    Looking towards Victorian Beacon Street
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    Walk in the park

    by nomadig Written Mar 1, 2009

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    Boston Commons is a green oasis in the middle of the city. Well-manicured grass areas, clean paths and some water elements help stressed city dwellers and tourists alike to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Boston downtown. There are benches here and there, and a lot of trees to provide shadow from the blazing sun in the summer. The park is surprisingly void of services, there are a few stalls selling drinks and ice cream, but nothing else. Which is good.

    Besides being an oasis, Boston Commons is the oldest park in the United States, dating back to the times before independence.

    Pond in Boston Commons
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    The People's Park

    by risse73 Updated Feb 15, 2009

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    Boston Common is the hub of action in the downtown area. Life for Bostonians will be different without this park. It is where people go to spend time with family, friends and colleagues. It is a place where people congregate to satisfy the longing for solitude, the desire to be out in nature, the wish to be with others in a wonderful setting and the need to enjoy life's simple pleasures (e.g., spending time with family & friends, reading a good book, watching a Shakespeare play in the summer, enjoying the foliage, throwing coins in the fountain, etc.).

    Enjoy Boston Common!

    A lovely walk around Boston Common
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    Boston Commons

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 18, 2008

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    Nice Place to walk around, but be aware of the surroundings. There are homeless and drunk people in the park and taking up a lot of benches. They do have propeller boats on the water and a pavilion for concerts. It is a big park at 44 acres of grounds. It was the grazing farm of William Blackstone, one the the first to be involved in the city growth and was a clergyman.

    Established long ago WAlking through the park Park is at the footsteps of STate Capitol
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    The Commons

    by apbeaches Written Jul 15, 2008

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    We enjoyed walking, shopping and eating at the Commons. The Commons are a central public park in Boston, Massachusetts. It is sometimes erroneously referred to as "Boston Commons". Dating from 1634, it is the oldest city park in the United States. Its 50 acres (20 ha) of land are bounded by Tremont Street, Park Street, Beacon Street, Charles Street, and Boylston Street.

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    Some Green in the City

    by taylo365 Written Jun 17, 2008

    Boston Common is a large park area located in the center of the city adjacent to many destinations you may wish to visit while in Boston. It's a great place to grab a cold drink on a hot day at one of the stands that dot the walkways, or even convince some of the locals to let you in on their games of Ultimate Frisbee!

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    A park you will hardly miss...

    by Laura_Mexico Updated Jun 16, 2008

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    This park - the oldest in USA - is more or less like the heart of Boston: everything starts here. It's surrounded by the Old State house, Park Street Church & Granary Burying Ground and Boston Public Garden, and it has a big tourism office within its limits where you can get maps of the city and information about tours and other activities/attractions. So sooner or later you'll find yourself at this place.

    The Freedom Trail starts here too, so it's the departure point of the tours that take you all along the historic journey. Thus it's not unusual to see a man dressed like a Pilgrim standing in front of the tourism office waiting for the crowd to gather in order to start the tour.

    Even though it's a nice area with trees and squirrels and birds all over, being just across the street from Boston Public Garden makes it pretty noticeable that Boston Common isn't as well preserved and is rather poorly maintained in comparison to Boston Public Garden. Still, there are many people who like to come here and jog, stroll, play or just sit back and enjoy nature for a while, especially when the weather improves and the trees start to bloom! It's a lovely view.

    Boston Common blooming with the spring...
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    Frog Pond & Pavillion - Boston Common

    by Mikebb Written Jun 6, 2008

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    There is much to see on the Common but we really enjoyed the Frog Pond, amusing frog statutes by the pond and for those in need of light refreshments there is the Pavillion Cafe where you can sit and enjoy the view.

    Frog Statutes, Very Artistic Frog Pavillion & Pool
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    Walk Beautiful Boston Common

    by Mikebb Written Jun 6, 2008

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    Centrally located near the city centre this beautiful parkland is an oasis within this beautiful city. An easy walk from many parts of the city we visited Tuesday afternoon on a sunny late May day and found the parklands to be picture perfect.

    Landscaped and developed over hundreds of years you will find magnificent trees, ponds, flowers, statutes, and a restaurant by the pond. Although mid week there were considerable numbers of people enjoying the common and one would expect early mornings and evenings the various tracks would be ideal for fitness training.

    The Childrens Playground Entrance Boston Common Squirrel On The Common
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    Boston Common and Public Garden

    by Jefie Updated May 31, 2008

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    In its 370 years, Boston Common has served as common pasture, military drill ground and camp site, public execution site and burying ground; it should therefore come as no surprise that it still occupies an important place in Boston's culture and traditions nowadays. On sunny summer days, Bostonians flock to the city's biggest public park for a little bit of sunbathing or to cool off around the frog pond (which incidently has earned Boston the rather unflattering nickname of "frogpondium", thanks to Edgar Allan Poe).

    The Boston Public Garden is located right across Charles Street and is more recent, dating back to 1869 and taking after English-style gardens. Different monuments, sculptures and other architectural and historical attractions grace this lovely wooded area of downtown Boston, including the Public Garden's famous swan boats and the "Make Way for Ducklings" sculpture, erected in honour of Robert McCloskey's popular children story set in the Public Garden.

    A view of the Public Garden lake One of the famous Enjoying Boston's public parks on a sunny day!
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    The Boston Common

    by Paul2001 Written Aug 9, 2007

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    The Boston Common is the oldest public park in the United States. At 50 acres it takes up a large slice of the peninsula that is downtown Boston. The land was purchased 30 pounds in 1634 by the city to serve as grazzing pasture. Cows used to graze here for two centuries. The park was also used as a campground for British troops during the Revolutionary War. By early years of the 19th century the Common was being used by locals for public gatherings and picnicers hence it evolved into more a park than pasture.
    Today the park marks the beginning of the Freedom Trail. In the centre of the Common is the Central Burying Ground where the remains of soldiers from both the British and American side of the Battle of Bunker Hill were buried. The park is still used for picnic and there is also a sports field. The parks has many statues depicting local notables and historical figures like George Washington. To the north of the Common is the Shaw Memorial which is an impressive relief that is dedicated to the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, the first free black regiment of the Union army in the Civil War. Sadly there are many homeless people living here too which is one of the few negatives I have to say about Boston.

    The Brewer Fountain The Relief for the 54th
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    Starting point for the Freedom Trail

    by Bunsch Written Jun 29, 2007

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    The Boston Common, starting point for the Freedom Trail, is known to be one of the oldest public parks in the country. Almost 50 acres in size, it is the anchor for the "Emerald Necklace", a system of interconnected parks that winds through many of Boston's neighborhoods. The Common has been used for many different purposes throughout its long history. Until 1830, cattle grazed on the Common, and until 1817, public hangings took place here. British troops camped on Boston Common prior to the Revolution and left from the Common to face colonial resistance at Lexington and Concord in April, 1775.

    Swan boat in Boston Common (Public Garden)
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    Boston Common

    by Callavetta Written Apr 1, 2007

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    Even before Spring has Sprung, Boston Common is alive with residents on the weekend. This particular weekend, there was an Anti-War protest happening and the Common's long history of Freedom of Speach was alive and well.

    The lagoon was still drained, but in a couple of weeks it will be filled and the famous "swan boats" will be sailing around the lagoon with visitors onboard. Children were riding the bronze ducks. Boys played on the one remaining snow ball left from the previous week's big blizzard.

    Boston is home to 900,000 people; 300,000 of them students.

    Boston Common The city crowds around the Park Duck riding And snow play JIll called this the hanging tree - for kids!

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    The Common

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Dec 3, 2006

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    Set aside as a public pasture in 1634, the Boston Common is one of the oldest public parks in the US. Used to graze cows and sheep, for military drill, and for public executions, the Common has an interesting history. It was expanded in 1837 when the public garden was established.

    Today the Common offers a 75 acre oasis in the center of downtown. This is the center of the annual First Night festival, home to ice skating, a great jogging area, and an ideal spot for sports or a picnic lunch. The Common is also home to various monuments and memorials such as the Soldiers Monument for Civil War veterans, the Monument to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw's colored 54th Infantry Regiment, as well as statues of George Washington, Irish Civil War Colonel Cass, and Senator Charles Sumner (after whom the Sumner tunnel was also named). My favorite is a monument dedicated to the first medicinal use of ether...

    Attack Squirrel The Common is full of squirrels The Public Garden
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    Public Garden

    by Helga67 Updated Oct 31, 2006

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    Boston Common is one of America's oldest public gardens and is located in the heart of Boston. The park has nice walking paths, the "frog" pond, and swan boat rides. There are ancient trees, a colourful array of shrubs, historic statues and fountains all over the park.

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