Boston Common

Park, Historic Site
Tremont St (btwn Beacon & Charles St)
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 635-4505

Tips

  • The Common was used for public hangings up until 1817. In early 1965, 100 people gathered here to protest the Vietnam War, & speeches have been given here by Martin Luther King Jr & Pope John Paul III
  • Boston Common is decorated annually for Christmas, with a tree donated by Nova Scotia, in thanks for Boston's help after the 1917 Halifax explosion. It's a great place to enjoy the holiday season.
  • Look around. This is called a park, and its filled with fresh air. Welcome to the great outdoors. Stay for awhile. #DontBlowIt
  • people/homeless/tourist watching at its finest
  • "Does anybody have any spare change?"
  • Did this landmark turn (RED) on World AIDS Day? http://t.joinred.com/8fD
  • Pick up a bottle of Bacardi, buy a $4 cup of lemonade, and grab a spot on the lawn and enjoy a sunnny Sunday afternoon!
  • Small checklist of the things you'll need to enjoy this lush, urban escape: blanket, book, significant other. #vday
  • Do not wear a Yankee cap here... I feel like ima get jumped...
  • Do the freedom trail. Feel hugely touristy. Make sure you have to time to stop for beer, hunt graves, and climb the Bunker Hill obelisk.
  • Some famous points of interest nearby are: The "Cheers" restaurant, The Statehouse and the Orpheum Theatre which has had rock bands such as Aerosmith, The Scorpions, White Snake and Elvis Costello.
  • The Boston Common is the oldest public park in the country. It began as 50 acres of grazing land for cattle.
  • The 3rd Saturday every September is when the Boston Freedom Rally for marijuana reform happens here! This year its on the 18th from noon to 5!! Free music, food and guest speakers for a great cause!
  • This is not the Public Garden. That's across the street, it's a different thing.
  • In 1700s the Common was the site of a ritual coined Pope's Day. Featured a competition between North & South Boston with brawls until the losing team could not retaliate. More info in blog. <LINK>
  • Doesn't matter what time of year it is, Boston Commons is always beautiful! Make sure to visit the Frog Pond in the winter for some ice skating fun!
  • Once famed for public hangings and Redcoat army camps, Boston Common is now occupied by relaxing park lovers. Summer sees children splash happy at the Frog Pond. Winter brings out the ice-skaters.
  • America's oldest park, yup. Free wi-fi, yup.
  • Check out the common during all of the seasons. There's always something different to look at or do.
  • Great place for picnics, sun bathing, listening to music by the street performers, playin w ur kid at the kids park, merrygoround, and even having lunch on ur work break!! BOSTON STRONG BABY!

Nearby places

9 Arlington St (btwn Beacon & Boylston St)
84 Beacon St (at Boston Common)
1 Faneuil Hall Sq (btwn Clinton & Chatham)