Boston Common, Boston

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    Some Green in the City

    by taylo365 Written Jun 17, 2008
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    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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    Boston Common blooming with the spring...

    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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    Starting point for the Freedom Trail

    by Bunsch Written Jun 29, 2007

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    Swan boat in Boston Common (Public Garden)

    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.

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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.

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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...

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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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    The Common

    by Fewf Written Aug 3, 2006

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    Like the Esplanade, the Common could, in many ways, be compared to New York's Central Park. But not really. Central park doesn't have much statuary or monuments; the Common has both. The Common is much smaller. It has similar ponds. One of the ponds has "swan boats" which you can ride if that floats your boat. In the right season, you're likely to see real swans in that pond, too.

    Oh, yeah. And the Common is safe at night. Great time to take a walk.

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    Boston Common

    by Hopkid Written Jul 24, 2006

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    This is the place where Bostonians hang out when the weather is nice. Situated across the street from the State House directly adjacent to the southern boundary of Beacon Hill, this large open park area is great to lay out a blanket and have a picnic, throw a frisbee, or discuss the politics of the day. It is the oldest public park in the U.S., having been established in 1634. There are also several monuments dotting the park including the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument and the Boston Massacre Monument. The Central Burying Ground, a 17th-18th century graveyard is located on the southeast corner of the Commond near Tremont and Bolyston Streets and includes portrait artist Gilbert Stuart among its residents.

    There is a visitor's center on the Tremont Street side near West Street where you can get more information (of course) and inquire about free tours offered by the Boston Park Rangers.

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    Make Way For Ducklings!

    by kooka3 Written Mar 10, 2006

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    I had never seen the Make Way for Ducklings statues before. I loved that book as a kid!

    The Boston Common is 50 acres of open land and is the oldest public park in America. It was originally owned by William Blackstone, and was purchased in 1634 as a militia "trayning field" and for the "feeding of Cattle" owned by the townspeople of Boston. When the British Army occupied Boston, they used the Boston Common as their camp.

    Artist Gilbert Stuart and composer William Billings are buried in the Central Burying Ground on the Boylston Street side of the Boston Common. The other four sides of the Common are bordered by Tremont, Park, Beacon and Charles Streets.

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    by PetraG Written Oct 20, 2005

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    The starting point of the Freedom Trail. The Boston Common is known to be one of the oldest public parks in the country. The park is almost 50 acres in size. Today, Boston Common is the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected 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 the Common, and until 1817, public hangings took place here. British troops camped on Boston Common prior to the Revolution and left from here to face colonial resistance at Lexington and Concord in April, 1775.

    Nowadays it's a perfect place to walk along through the nice gardens, sit and relax or do some sports (Baseball- and Softball fields, tennis courts, ....). You can also find there a Visitor Information Center where you can get infos, buy souvenirs or city maps.

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    Spend a Spring Day on the Common

    by AKtravelers Written Sep 22, 2005

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    A bright spring day brings out the Bostonians

    The Boston Common is a breath of fresh air in the city, and a perfect place to relax in the heart of downtown. On a bright spring day (even if it's not particularly warm), you'll find the locals taking in the sun thattyhey've been deprived of during the cold Massachusetts winter.
    The Boston Common is also the start of the Freedom Trail. When we arrived, we got our Freedom Trail maps and booklets, but then wandered around the Common, enjoying the green grass, smiling people, public art and free magician show put on by a group of buskers. We couldn't resist.

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