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“I like Boston Common” 4 of 5 stars
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Boston Common
Boston, MA 02108 (Beacon Hill)
617-635 4500
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Ranked #46 of 610 Attractions in Boston
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Activities: City walk sightseeing, People-watching, Walking, Ice skating
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Whether it's a summer picnic in the grass or winter ice-skating on Frog Pond, Boston's oldest public park is the perfect escape from the bustle of the city.
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“I like Boston Common”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2010

Compared with New York Central Park, Boston Common is nothing in terms of size. However, since there are normally many social events happening around, historical attractions, and entertaining places to visit in such a small area. We gotta give Boston Common a thumbs up.

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“Crowded and noisy end of Freedom Trail”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2010

Didn't find any peace and serenity on the Friday in late Sept. when we visited. The area was swarming with people and we were glad to leave. By map, it is in the center of the City and a focal point for transportation, etc.

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“Nice for families or just relaxing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2010

I guess this is frequently visited by tourists although most large cities have a big park for kids to play, people throwing frisbees around, picnics, and just relaxing. A main tourist office for Boston is in the park and the history of Boston Common no doubt attracts people too. It is in the middle of the city and next door (actually across a street) from the smaller but more sedate Public Garden. The Common is a park for play while the Garden is more for walking and enjoying nature's beauty. Many of Boston's more popular places are also nearby like the State House, Beacon Hill, and the Freedom Trail starts here too. It's worth a visit or a look but if you are pressed for time then spending much time here can be skipped unless you want to enjoy a picnic or start the Freedom Trail from the tourist office where it officially begins. We were there in September and the weather was nice but I imagine the Common is used more in summer. In winter I heard they have skating too.

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“Center of town - have to stop by!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2010

The Boston Common is adjacent to the Public Gardens. While the Public Gardens are perhaps the more visually interesting portion, the Common is such an integral part of city life that it must be visited. It is a welcoming public space, that enjoys visitors from all walks of life, and both locals & tourist alike. It is well-integrated into the city, with many subway stops on or near it, and it enjoys year-round use (ice skating in the winter, sunbathing in the summer) though certainly gets its most visitors on the nice sunny days. Stop by en route to Beacon Hill, the Theater District, etc!

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“Family time!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2009

Having lived in Boston for almost 7 years, there is nothing we like more than to spend summer days walking through Boston Commons. It is beautiful, green, and serene, and for those few hours you spend here, you will forget that there exists a bustling city life beyond. Well, until you decide to cross the street that is!

We have usually gone to this park taking the T [the local train system]. It is much easier than driving and trying to find street parking. Park Street Station would get you there.

If you get tired of walking around the park, you can easily get onto the streets and into busy Tremont, Beacon, Charles, Park and Boylston Streets.

Weekends- you might see Shakespeare plays, bands, and generally a LOT of people with the same idea- spend some time in peace.

There is a nice attraction for kids here too. The Frog Pond. You can sit along the edges of this pond and dip your tippy toes into the water. It is very shallow and safe, but you do need to keep an eye on kids. In winter, this becomes a skating rink and is beautiful.

The Common as it is called here, is also the place where you can get to see a lot of the attractions of New Years and July 4.

There are a lot of vendors strewn about for hot dogs, snow cones, ice cream, smoothies, etc. if you should get hungry or thirsty. This being Boston, you can just step into the streets and get into a sit down restaurant or fast food place if you choose.

There are a lot of monuments and little pieces of history to look at within the huge park. It is several acres and spread out over a large part of the town. The Freedom Trail is marked and you can do this by foot.

Admission into the park is free, but some attractions like the rink charge a fee.

All in all, a great place to spend a warm lazy summer day with the kids or winter evenings seeing the sights.

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