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Boston Common
Boston Common

Boston Common

Free admission
Between Beacon, Park, Tremont, Boylston, and Charles Streets, Boston, 02111

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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Boston City view Bicycle Tour
Boston City view Bicycle Tour
$68.00 per adult
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Great experience,...
Great experience, friendly guides. Would like to get the photos they took, I guess I have to contact them directly.
Diane_H, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Boston

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Great tour!
Hadassah_L, Aug 2021
Self-Guided Smartphone Ghost Walking Tour in Boston
My family had a great time! It wasn’t actually scary for my kids ( which is probably good!) but we had a great time walking around and listening to it. I would recommend doing it before it’s fully dark, because one of the parks we walked through was perfect in the early evening, but at night is actually scary with sketchy people dealing drugs, etc.
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Learned a lot
Candice_N, Aug 2021
Have a PRIVATE Freedom Trail Walking Tours (Boston Common to Faneuil Hall)
Lovely guide who knew her history very well. I wish we had gone into some of the historical buildings.
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Perfect for our 13 y/o son!
Jerry_B, Jul 2021
Have a PRIVATE Freedom Trail Walking Tours (Boston Common to Faneuil Hall)
This tour was really informative and "Silence" our guide really brought the past to life as we walked the grounds of so much history. Our 13 year old enjoyed her and the tour. She delivered the information so that we all understood and appreciated it. Thank you!

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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