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.
Boston Common is a small park. There's nothing special about this park. Boston Public Garden is a smaller park across from Boston Common. Many people don't know they're two different parks. Boston Public Garden is very beautiful especially in spring and summer.
I loved Boston Commons when I went to Boston in March. It wasn't green at the times and the trees were bare, but I still thought the park was beautiful. If I lived in Boston I would be at Boston Commons all the time! I'd get a coffee across the street at Starbuck and stroll the park with my dog! There are few homeless people wandering around, but that's just because its a city, don't mind them. Love Boston Commons and you should go!
It is very small and overrun by homeless people (but it's not dangerous during the day). Walk through it quickly and then spend more time in the Public Gardens across the street. I gave it a 4 on value only because it's free, but you will be asked for change constantly.
The Commons are an icon in Boston. To visit the city, and not pay a visit to the park would be an injustice. The gardens are lovely, squirrels are friendly, and the food vendors have the best park food ever! You really must see this park if you're in the greater Boston area.
Boston common was great!!
It was really ice to be able to walk througha clean park in the middle of the city and head up towards Cheers from FAO schwarz and come across the little bronze duck and ducklings!!
I had the opportunity to visit the park on a sunny day in the middle of the week. The entire mood was vibrant and relaxing. Many people out sitting on the grass and benches relaxing, and there were many joggers. Being it was early spring the park didn't have all the flowers and pools/ponds in use but it was still a pleasant scene, AND it was surrounded by a gourgeous State House with a golden dome not to mention other historic sites and the Beacon Hill neighboorhood.