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Boston Common, Boston

#2 of 563 in Parks in Massachusetts
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The country's oldest city park, Boston Common dates back to the 1630s. Consisting of 20 hectares (50 acres), the common is part of an extensive chain of parks linked by parkways and waterways. It's named the "Emerald Necklace" because of the way it appears to hang from the "neck" of the Boston peninsula. Pick up a map at the on-site information kiosk to locate notable burial sites within the park, including the graves of painter Gilbert Stuart, composer William Billings, and poet Samuel Sprague. To see the first subway station in America, visit the southern corner of the park. Using our international travel planner, Boston attractions like Boston Common can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Easy parking! We were worried our suburban wouldn’t fit but it did with inches to spare. People watching at its finest. Police and ranger presence. Lots of room to spread out. Many homeless...  more »
  • I love this place when I am in Boston. It is peaceful and you can just hangout and chill. Bring a blanket, bottle of wine and a few good friends or your girl  more »
  • I loved this place so much! So serene and calm. I ended visiting it almost daily during my entire trip as a result of how much I loved chilling out there. Completely recommend checking it out and enjoying the scene and relaxing there. There are many food carts and a nearby metro station. Also it is right in the city center.
  • An stunning park in the heart of Boston. Make sure you do the freedom tour, there's so much history to be heard here. Have a picnic and watch the many squirrels running around. Great place to chill and relax too.
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