Boston Common

This is an official site on the Freedom Trail. The Common is America’s oldest public park, dating to the 1630s, and a pastoral retreat in the heart of downtown Boston. The nearly 50-acre green is punctuated with monuments and walkways and in the center, the famous Frog Pond. Changing with the seasons, Frog Pond is a spray pool with a kid-size carousel in summer, an ice-skating rink in winter, a reflecting pool in spring and fall—and always one of the coolest spots for enjoying a time out.

Hours

Monday
7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Hours may vary or change.

Nearest Transit

SL5
Tremont St. @ Avery St. (0.16 mi)
Green Red
Park St. Station (0.18 mi)
Orange
Chinatown Station (0.25 mi)

Reviews

4.6 312 Google Reviews
  • Stephen Priest

    1 Nov 2017

    I had a great time! I enjoyed walking the park, seeing the foliage, listening to the Japanese string instruments playing, people speaking different languages, seeing the Statehouse, the well maintained homes and seeing the skyscrapers surrounding the park. Only two food trucks available. Sausage vendors were there as well. I went to the garden across the street and was impressed. Squirrels will come up to you. They are big and healthy looking. Bring peanuts. A lot of variety in trees and flora. Both parks were clean and well maintained. Parking rates were reasonable. Pedestrians can be idiots. Keep your eyes on them.

  • Ethan Sokol

    14 Oct 2017

    A decent park right in the heart of the city. Best part of the park is on the east/south side with the Boston pond. This half is more beautiful and has meandering paths. The other side is great for the ball fields and large open fields. Park is best in the summer. Late fall and early winter, the leaves are gone, the grass isn't doing well, and it has a feel of being bleak.

  • Jason Swann

    8 Nov 2017

    Park was clean and there was a subtle but reassuring police presence. We saw a free mobile health clinic serving the homeless on different days, which was nice to see. We were asked by strangers if we needed help finding anything more than once. The common is a pleasant place to see and relax. Squirrels are huge and fat, so watch your snacks!

  • Kelly Bezz

    12 Nov 2017

    Historic Boston Commons is a great public park with lots of shops, restaurants, and touristy things to do. The Boston subway (called the ‘T’) has a stop here. Bull and Finch Pub made famous in the TV show “Cheers” is accessible here. The park is a great place for a walk or to walk your dog. Highly recommend!

  • Aaron Lawson

    14 Nov 2017

    A very pleasant place to sit and watch life go by, be it squirrels, sparrows, people or their pets. A number of statues and a fountain or two, manicured flora, and the beginning of the Freedom Trail tour, run by guides in period dress. Just opposite is the Massachusetts State House, and many other Boston sites are easy walkable from here, with a couple of public transit stations. Adjacent is Boston Public Garden, similarly attractive.

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