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“In summer, all the state employees come out and sit in the grass at lunchtime. Other than that....”
Review of Boston Common

Boston Common
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$60.00*
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One Hour Boston Segway Tour
Ranked #14 of 387 things to do in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Boston, Massachusetts
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“In summer, all the state employees come out and sit in the grass at lunchtime. Other than that....”
Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

I see that the Boston Common (NOT "Commons"!) is the #20 attraction in Boston, and I'm wondering WHY?!

It's a park. Compared to Central Park, it's a postage stamp. It houses homeless people who sleep on the grass and benches. It's historic, big deal. There's not a clod of dirt or cement sidewalk in Boston that ISN'T. It does have the Frog Pond, which is not a pond and has no frogs. In summer it's a wading pool with a sprinkler; in winter it's an ice skating drink. And one week every summer the Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. (Shout-out!) performs for free. That's IT.

Do yourself a favor--cross the street to the Public Gardens. Wander through the beautiful flowers and take a slow ride to nowhere on a Swan Boat. Then stroll down Newbury St. and look into all the eclectic shops.

Visited October 2013
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Dayton, Ohio
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“Nice area for an relaxing outing!”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Boston Commons is a nice place to go relax, people watch, or just soak in the Boston life amidst the chaos of the city. Well worth the stop!

Visited April 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Go during the day - but only in a group”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Really love this area but I have been mugged walking thru at dusk. Dont want to scare you but be aware of this. Best to walk around the edges with a group and many fine places to see on the street sides. But you are a walking duck going thru the park alone. FYI tourists be ware.

Visited November 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Lovely park”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

. the squirrels are a delight to watch and feed, there is also the swan lake and duck parade, the history of the park is very interesting could spend hours here. Never seen any bums etc just people enjoying the common as it should be enjoyed.

Visited November 2013
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Lincoln
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“Lovely”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Walking through this beautiful setting soothes the soul and calms the mind. Benches aplenty for sitting and enjoying the vistas.

Visited November 2013
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