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Boston Common, Boston

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The country's oldest city park, Boston Common dates back to the 1630s. Consisting of 20 hectares (50 acres), the common is part of an extensive chain of parks linked by parkways and waterways. It's named the "Emerald Necklace" because of the way it appears to hang from the "neck" of the Boston peninsula. Pick up a map at the on-site information kiosk to locate notable burial sites within the park, including the graves of painter Gilbert Stuart, composer William Billings, and poet Samuel Sprague. To see the first subway station in America, visit the southern corner of the park. Using our international travel planner, Boston attractions like Boston Common can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • walked through the common in the early evening and came back through at around 7.00 p.m. but we felt perfectly safe, pretty area (there wasn't anything going on while we were there). 
    walked through the common in the early evening and came back through at around 7.00 p.m. but we felt perfectly safe, pretty area (there wasn't anything going on while we were there).  more »
  • By far one of our favorite places to visit while in Boston. I could see spending hours in this park and just enjoying the scenery. On a sunny day it feels like you're transformed back in time to... 
    By far one of our favorite places to visit while in Boston. I could see spending hours in this park and just enjoying the scenery. On a sunny day it feels like you're transformed back in time to...  more »
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  • Amazing park, rich with culture and history! The lawn is kept nice and clean. Statues are beautiful and great spots to get some pictures! Overall environment is relaxed and fun. Make some time to stop by if you can!
  • Boston Common should not be confused with Boston Public Gardens, which is right next to it. Boston Common is more likely to have homeless hanging around that the gardens and it also has no flower displays. It is more like a city green space than the public gardens beside it. That being said, you can easily walk around the Commons in 30 minutes, and the Commons/Public garden in an hour. It is centrally located which can make the green space a nice break from the surrounding city. Beneath Boston Common is a parking garage. The red line T also drops you off below the park. The visitors center is nice and clean with a public restroom and souvenirs you can buy. There is also a playground for kids. There is also to do surrounding the park so it is a good jumping off point if you want to explore the Freedom trail, walk along Boylston street etc. The commons also has events, plays are put on here, protests are held, movie nights etc. As mentioned it is utilized best as a gathering/even space with the Gardens next door being the nice, quiet, pretty attraction.

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