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.
Boston Common is one of America's most famous city parks. This lovely green space adjoins Boston Public Garden. This area was designated a park in 1634, making it our country's oldest public park. Prior to 1817, it was used for public hangings.
These two parks from part of Boston's Emerald Necklace, a ring of interconnected public green spaces.
The Common is a good place to go and relax. There is almost always something going on-even in the dead of winter when the frog pond becomes an ice skating rink. Originally set aside as a common area where people could put their animals out to pasture; now it has become a common area where people put themselves out to pasture. There is a playground for the kids, mounted policemen, food vendors, occasional concerts, artists, and lots of people that just set around on the ground and benches and watch the day go by. That’s what I do when I’m there anyway. It’s a good relaxing spot to get away from the city for awhile, which is odd considering it’s right in the middle of the city. With Beacon Hill to one side, the Public Garden to another, and Chinatown and Government Crossing close by, it is as central as it could possibly be.
Boston's first public park, Boston Common is located downtown, in close proximity to the state capital and Beacon Hill, city hall, Chinatown, and Newbury Street. It's a great public park, and you'll finding people enjoying it at any time of the year. In the winter, public skating is available on the pond located here. In the summer, you might think about a picnic, or buying a monster pretzel at one of the stands.
There's parking underneath the Common, but I personally think the best way to get here is by the T, either by the Park Street or Boylston stations.
There are lots of trees and ducks around Boston Common.... Great place for a walk and relaxing yourself~ Please go there during the day as it might be too dark for you to see the surroundings at night...
For a really nice day, take the family out to wander around the Boston Common. My picture shows a very snowy Boston Common, but I can assure you it isnt always so cold. In the Spring the commons just burst with flowers, and there are many fountains to enjoy. There is a great playground for the kids (which I especially like cause there is only one way in and out) There are beautiful monuments to look at and learn more about Boston's history.
The Boston Common is the oldest public park in the United States and undoubtedly the largest and most famous of the town commons around which New England settlements were traditionally arranged. It started originally in 1634 as a 50 acre training ground for militia and where the freemen of Boston could graze their cattle. It also housed the gallows, stocks, jail and poorhouse of the city. The British evacuated after the Revolution and the cows were kicked out in 1830. Among the more notable events on the Common was a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. and a Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II.
In the winter you can ice skate on the Frog Pond., in spring and summer you can enjoy the flowers in the public garden, The Common is an oasis for people in the city to relax, picnic and put the rush out of mind for a bit. The swan boat tours are a lot of fun, especially for the little ones, it follows a circular route that takes about 20 minutes to complete. Take a look at some of the trees and you will find Latin names affixed to many of them. Boston schoolchildren were once taken around the park and expected to translate the signs. My one year of Latin didn’t help me much.
Check out the Tremont Street side for the visitors’ center. There you can find information, maps and tours. The Freedom Trail starts in its southeast corner and winds its way through the downtown and market districts.
It's a scene right out of a story book. A pool that in the summer cooled thousands of hot Boston children transforms into a skating pond. Go skating at night when the snow falls. Dress in your warmest clothing, dont forget a fluffy scarf. Everyone wears them in Boston. (even indoors) - and skate around the pond, holding hands with your favorite person!
It's truly magical!
If you dont own skates you can rent them there. And there is a burger stand where you can get something to eat and a drink to warm up.
The Commons and the Public Gardens are a great place to relax. While not as large as Central Park in New York, the Commons still provide a nice place to get away from the big city crowds.
First established in the 1600's as a grazing grounds for cattle, the commons have since had the city of Boston grow up around it.
There are a lot of homeless people hanging out in the commons but they've never caused a bit of problem for me. They all seem to keep to themselves although they usually have the best benches occupied as beds :).
While the commons are plain park area, the Gardens are well designed and absolutely beautiful. Flower beds and flowering trees abound in this area. There's also a Duck Pond where you can ride in a swan boat.
Boston Common and the Public Gardens are lovely. Even if you just use them to cut through on your way to Cheers, or to the Downtown area, it's a lovely walk. Lots of families, there's a lake with the Swan Boats, and Make Way for The Ducklings ! There's a T stop, right at the corner.
Boston Common is the oldest public park in the United States. It opened in 1634 as a cow pasture and training ground. It takes up 40 acres and is also a stop on the Freedom Trail. It is a nice place to sit and relax on a sunny day, or go for a run.
Parking in downtown Boston is actually bearable if you park in the underground parking garage under the Boston Common. Enter into the garage off of Tremont Street, and for about $14 US, you can park for about 6 hours. Trust me, this is a bargain here. Plus, you're right at Boston Common when you come up from your vehicle, and in the bustling hub and heart of beautiful, historic Boston.
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.
Today, the Common features well-maintained greenery and flower beds and historic statues. You'll find cyclers, joggers, business people on cell phones, everyone from all walks of life. The police patrol on horses and you'll probably see them there. I took this beautiful pic of the Boston State House from standing on Boston Common.
Keep in mind that you might also run into some... interesting people shall we say, we encountered a man in a Cat in the Hat Uniform talking crazily and shouting about the weather. Just keep your eyes open and watch for stray frisbees, balls, and shady characters.
Be sure to remember where you parked and where you emerged from coming up on the Common - very easy to get disorientated as all the exits look the same! A great way to start the Freedom Trail, have a picnic or just sit back and people watch. Best of all, its free.
The Boston Common
Originally owned by William Blackstone who came to Boston in 1622, the Boston Common is America's oldest public park. Situated on 44 acres of open land, it was used as a common pasture for grazing cattle owned by the townspeople of Boston. The Common later became a "trayning" field for the militia and was used as a British Army camp during the occupation of Boston.
Over many generations, the Common has been the site of hangings, duels, public celebrations and spirited oratory. Now it hosts squirrels, pigeons, and plenty of neighborhood dogs that are walked here daily from their fashionable addresses on Beacon Hill.
Freedom Trail Walking Info :
The red line starts from the front of the building and leads you to the State House on the other side of the Boston Common.
This park is the centre of Boston and very nice. It is not super big and there are always lots of people around which is nice. There is a tourist information office in the park. This is where the famous freedom trail starts. There is also a pond with the famous swan-boats but we didn't have the time to check those out. Our travel guide featured the history of the park which is very interesting. The original Cheers Bar is at the north end of the park in a nice up-class neighboorhood. The park is one of the few places in Boston where there are a lot of homeless people though, especially in the evening.
Btw, I don't remember the name but the Bagles shop across the Park entrance is really good! does anybody know the name?
Boston Common is 44 acres of open land that has never been built upon. The land originally "belonged" to Boston's 1st white settler, William Blackstone, in the early part of the 17th century. He lived as a hermit for 5 years before erring in telling the settlers in Charlestown about his adequate water supply. Blackstone was "given" different land elsewhere and the local folks started grazing their cows there. It was also used as a training field for the militia as well as a camp for British troops during the Revolution. The cows were evicted in 1830. The Common was also the setting of the town gallows where pirates, witches and heretics were executed.
The Common is a wonderful place to take a walk, feed the ducks, squirrels and evil geese or sit and watch the world go by. It is also the start of the Freedom Trail.