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.


Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
Open 24 hours
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
  • BradJill Travels

    14 Aug 2018

    Boston Common is a 50 acre city park that makes for a nice place to visit for those seeking open and leisure places in Boston. In addition to a pavilion, fountain, monuments, pond, kiosk and visitor centre, there is plenty of green space to be enjoyed here. Opening in 1634, this is the oldest public park in America. It is also the starting point for Boston's Freedom Trail, which takes visitors to many of the city's most important historical attractions and helps visitors build up a better understanding of early American history, particularly the events which led up to the American Revolution. Tip: We visited the Boston Common during mid-Autumn and greatly enjoyed seeing some of the trees beginning to change colours. A few bright yellows and reds made for lovely viewing. I imagine the park will be even better in early November once the rest of the leaves begin to turn. Tip: Located just west of the Boston Common, past Charles Street, is the Boston Public Garden, which is equally enjoyable to visit. This is another well landscaped area with more monuments, lovely trees and plenty of park benches for visitors to find and have a rest. For those who visit Boston and enjoy seeing city parks, it is well worth planning a bit of time here at Boston Common. For convenient stops, it makes sense to spend time here at the beginning or the end of your Freedom Trail tour depending on which direction you are going on the trail.

  • Daniel Call

    13 Aug 2018

    What's not to love about the Common? Wide open walkways, ice skating, ducks, swans, paddle boats, Shakespeare on the Common, the Freedom Trail--it just goes on and on. Plenty of shady spots to sit and people-watch or sunny places to relax and warm up. The parking garage underneath allows for convenient access if you are driving into the city for an event. It is well lit at night and fairly busy, keeping things safe.

  • Simon Lind

    17 Jul 2018

    Lovely Green Area for anyone who decides they need a little break from the concrete jungle. Plenty of open space & interesting things to look at, like the beautiful fountain & various statues & monuments. Also right next to the public gardens, which are well maintained & well worth a look around. The Common is a popular spot for joggers, artists, photographers, squirrels, birds & anyone else who likes to relax amongst the greenery!

  • Christopher Red

    31 Jul 2018

    A nice park with lots of amenities for families and venues. You can go ice skating in the winter, lots of good food in the area for local dining, being in the heart of down town Boston, several places that can be rented out for events, such as the gazebo. There is a fairly priced garage for parking, and an information booth. There are also several historical sites nearby to visit, as well as across the street is a swan boat rental on a lake.

  • Don Saarela

    7 Aug 2018

    Park looking great. A few more big fast growing tree's need to be planted for shade. New water bubblers installed outside information center. Two dead tree's in front of information center & will be replace under warranty later this year. Police drive around to make their present well known to address any problems, so everyone can enjoy the Park safely. *** Free Wednesday night landmark Orchestra music & Friday night movie at the Hatch Shell for kids 15 minutes walk from information center on the Charles River, if weather is nice. *Reminder, No Smoking in city parks. $250 fine. Smoke on the sidewalk if you have too.

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