Boston Common is America's oldest park in the heart of Boston, offering recreation opportunities and a glimpse into history ... More
Boston Common is America's oldest park in the heart of Boston, offering recreation opportunities and a glimpse into history through numerous monuments to the past. Designated as public space in 1640, British soldiers later camped here during the Revolutionary War. Part of the Freedom Trail, the park adjoins the Massachusetts State House and Beacon Hill. A favorite spot is the Frog Pond, which doubles as an ice skating rink. The park is the beginning of the "Emerald Necklace," a seven-mile (12-kilometer) string of local parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.
I loved visiting Boston, and when we walked through Boston Common, it just felt like we had been walking through there our whole lives. I absolutely loved it. Boston is a great vacation spot, filled with history and excitment, I just had a great time.
I like the Boston Commons because there is an atmoshphere of brotherhood, but that doesn't mean not to keep your eyes open. there is also a history of the commons, that most don't realize a history of an area that was set a side for the people of the city, who did not have an open area to not only enjoy as it is today, but as a place set aside in the past for the needs of the pople of the city to utilize for there own benefit, such as grazing of animals for those of the early city who did not have property of there own or enough to graze there animals it is symbolic of the idea of a commonwealth, that the wealth of society is to benefit all citizens not only the wealthy.
Boston Common is a great place to soak up some sun on a nice day, play frisbee, stroll, take the kids to splash around in Frog Pond (or skate on it in the winter!) It's a mix of almost every sort of Boston resident - great for people-watching. And free!
When ever I'm in Boston I always seem to find myself wandering into the commons at some point. It's a great for a picnic under the old trees, sun bathing on the hill, a good ultimate frisbee game or to fly a kite.
And here's a tip: The squirrels are very friendly, so if you do end up feeding them. be careful or you may have a squirrel on you arm or leg. *true story*
pack up the kids, grab the picnic basket, for the price of a train token and a bag of peanuts we can have a fun filled family day! lunch on the grass under the shade of a tree and squirels that will sit on your lap and eat peanuts! the kids love it! I love it! the budget loves it! and for a few bucks more you can ride the swan boats too!
The place to connect to everywhere downtown. Great shopping on each end. Downtown Crossing on one end, and Newbury St. on the other. With the walk in between having some of the best architecture in the city.
The Boston Common is much like the Central Park of Boston. I actually like the Boston Common more because there seems to be more people having fun on any given day and there is actually a lot to see and do. I also think this park is great for kids and adults alike.
Although I don't have any children, I see kids on the playground or playing near the fountain on Frog Pond in the summer. There are great great statues that kids love like frogs fishing, swimming, or snorkeling and the "Make Way for Ducklings" statue. If you go in the winter it may be fun to go ice skating on Frog Pond (although I have yet to go skating myself).
The park is great for adults because there are often free events like a symphony playing in the Parkman Bandstand or Shakespeare in the park. The gardens are beautiful and a must-see in the summer. While the trees are beautiful in the fall. Not to mention the park has a great history being the first public park in the States and contains the first subway station in America. Plus the park is butted up to the Freedom Trail and is very close to the Theater District and tons of great restaurants. This park is great whether you live here or you're visiting.