Boston Common
Boston Common

Boston Common

Free admission
115 Boylston St., Beacon Hill, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116

The Basics

Walking paths crisscross the Common’s green space, which is dotted with monuments, including the Boston Massacre Monument, the Great Elm site, and the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial. In winter, ice skaters head to Frog Pond, while summer draws theater lovers for Shakespeare on the Common. The Common is a stop on walking and driving tours of the Freedom Trail and on Boston bike tours. The hop-on hop-off trolley also stops at the park.

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Freedom Trail: Small Group Tour of Revolutionary Boston
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Freedom Trail: Small Group Tour of Revolutionary Boston
$39.00 per adult
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Sarah was an excellent guide. although the tour is a 2.5 hour walking tour, Sarah did a good job of timing the stops so that there were opportunities to take a breather along the way. Very informative and a good value as compared to other tours I’ve taken.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • There is an on-site information kiosk with maps.

  • The Common is a good spot for picnics.

  • This is a family-friendly location with ballfields, a playground, a carousel, and a spray pool for kids to enjoy in the summer.

  • The Common is close to other sights, such as the Central Burying Ground and the Boston Athenaeum.

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How to Get There

Boston Common is on the south end of the Beacon Hill neighborhood. The MBTA subway, or the “T,” services the area with a number of stations. Bluebikes, from Boston's bike-share program, are available to rent around town. You can also take a hop-on hop-off trolley to the Common.

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When to Get There

The Common hosts a number of activities throughout the year (especially in the summer). These range from free concerts to political rallies to seasonal festivals. The most popular time to visit Boston is during the summer, when the weather is warm, and in the early fall, when the trees change color.

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Walking the Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a historic walking path that takes you past many of Boston’s landmarks. The 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) trail includes 16 locations that played a pivotal part in the American Revolution, such as the sites of the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party, along with Faneuil Hall and Boston Common. Opt for a guided tour if you want to learn about the city’s history as you go.

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