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.


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7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
7:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Hours may vary or change.

Nearest Transit

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


4.6 312 Google Reviews
  • Malik Baltimore

    5 Aug 2017

    The common is nice for everything it stands for. Just "everything" happens there (use common sense after dark). There is a park, play ground, and a pond(the frog pond) in the summer/skating rink in the winter. It is a gorgeous scene no matter the season. You can catch free Shakespeare On The Common, usually every summer, given donations of course! The gazebo is great for fall weddings photos!

  • Malvina Corliss

    31 Aug 2017

    We took our 2 year old grandson to the Frog Pond...He had a blast in the 9 inch deep water.. The water is crystal clear,with life guards present .It's a large man-made "pond"...not overcrowded. Also, a meery-go-round,and playground in the same area. So much fun. Also, a decent snack bar there with burgers,hot dogs,chicken fingers.

  • Wolf

    30 Aug 2017

    Great place to.take a walk with family, friends, and pets. This park is pretty big so if youre planning to do the whole thing be ready for a trek. They have vendors along the way selling various foods and desserts which is always refreshing on a hot day. Loved the place and the different statues there are interesting to read about. A great experience.

  • Abby Ericson

    13 Aug 2017

    I love the commons. There's a million and one things here. Lots of paths for walking, beautiful landscaping. A playground, the frog pond, a carousel, some athletic fields. There's also cool historical statues! And there's always events being hosted on the lawn. Quite a few unleashed/uncontrolled dogs though which is disappointing. And the squirrels here are very bold.

  • Vincent Lowe

    9 Sep 2017

    Historic spot! So many good things to do here. (including just walk through it, check out the people and the architecture) Plan to park beneath it and pay a pretty penny, but you won't be disappointed.

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