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Boston Common: New England’s Most Famous Central Park

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Boston Common is the oldest public park in the United States! The land was originally used by family farms for livestock grazing, and years later it became a British army camp during the American Revolutionary war.

Boston common had seen a lot before it was given its official park status. Hundreds of New England citizens gathered at Boston Common to protest a devastating food shortage in 1731, and it served as a primary location for public hangings until the early 1800s. In fact, soon thereafter, Boston Common became an official city park in 1830!

Since then, Boston Common has hosted a number of important events, including memorable speeches from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., special music productions, and family-friendly attractions. The park was officially recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1987 and continues to be one of Boston’s most popular go-to sites!

Attractions For The Entire Family

Both visitors and locals alike could easily spend an entire day at Boston Common. Spanning about 50 acres, the park has its own softball fields, Boston Massacre Memorial, Brewer Fountain, a public ice skating rink, and so much more! Even two prehistoric sites were discovered at the turn of the century and in the 80s, making it a prime spot for history buffs.

Civil War MonumentMake sure to drop in for some of Boston’s most popular reoccurring events, like the Boston Lyric Outdoor Opera Series, Shakespeare On The Common, First Night Celebration Fireworks Display, and fascinating archaeological installations by the Ancient Fishweir Project.

Visitor Information & Tours

Boston Common is actually park of an inter-connected network of city parks known as The Emerald Necklace, which weaves throughout Boston’s picturesque neighborhoods. When visiting the city, you can find Boston Common situated between the streets, Charles, Boylston, Tremont, Beacon and Park Street. Admission to the park is always free, and visitors can even take special guided tours from the Freedom Trail Foundation!


Open all day, 365 days a year
Tours provided by the Freedom Trail Foundation
Address/Map:    Charles Street Boston, MA 02108
Website: Plan your visit to Boston Common
Admission: FREE