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.
Tours To Boston Common
Boston Classic: Duck Boat Sightseeing Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $53
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
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Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Boston Common Reviews
Lovely park near the start/finish of the freedom trail. Lots of room to walk and loved seeing all the dogs walking! more »
Lovely small park to walk through or to spend some time in. Starting (or finishing) point of historical Boston Freedom Trial. There are many cute friendly squirrels in the park. more »
I loved this place so much! So serene and calm. I ended visiting it almost daily during my entire trip as a result of how much I loved chilling out there. Completely recommend checking it out and enjoying the scene and relaxing there. There are many food carts and a nearby metro station. Also it is right in the city center.
An stunning park in the heart of Boston. Make sure you do the freedom tour, there's so much history to be heard here. Have a picnic and watch the many squirrels running around. Great place to chill and relax too.
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