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  • Freedom Trail Run
    Freedom Trail RunFebruary 20, 2013
    If you're looking for a safe place to run, Boston Common is almost exactly 1 mile around! (it's also the meeting place for our guided runs: http://www.freedomtrailrun.com/)
  • John T.
    A great place to relax or have a romantic walk. Great place for food vendors and people watching and playing frisbee ...and more ! The Public Garden and the swan boats are right next door.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • MeYouHealth
    MeYouHealthAugust 4, 2011
    Frisbee? Picnic? Casual stroll? Boston Common is one of the most popular places for residents to take in some sun, read, throw the pigskin around, or -- as you'll see in spring -- take wedding photos.
  • Timothy T.
    Timothy TannerDecember 3, 2012
    Some famous points of interest nearby are: The "Cheers" restaurant, The Statehouse and the Orpheum Theatre which has had rock bands such as Aerosmith, The Scorpions, White Snake and Elvis Costello.
  • Topo Athletic
    Topo AthleticAugust 5, 2013
    Run a few extra miles and join us. We 're having a launch event at CitySports on Wednesday at 6pm. Try us on, run with us, become part of us. Here is the info: https://topo-athletic.eventbrite.com/
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkNovember 8, 2012
    One of the best spots to take in all that one of the most historic cities in America has to offer! Skate on Frog Pond in the winter and enjoy free concerts on the grass every summer!
  • Boston.com
    Boston.comSeptember 25, 2013
    Boston Common is decorated annually for Christmas, with a tree donated by Nova Scotia, in thanks for Boston's help after the 1917 Halifax explosion. It's a great place to enjoy the holiday season. Read more
  • Darren B.
    Darren BrazOctober 21, 2011
    Nice place to come and relax there's a chance you'll smell certain illegal substances but mostly relaxed college kids enjoying the day in one of the largest links of Boston's emerald necklace
  • WeatherZombie.com
    The Common is a great place to relax on a nice, warm day. And in the event of a zombie apocalypse, you'll have a lot of open room to try to dodge zombies closing in on you.
  • Terry B.
    Terry BrownJuly 8, 2013
    Boston Common is a must-see if you're visiting Boston. Be sure to take the Black Heritage Trail. Tours start at the Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Massachusetts Regiment Memorial.
  • Dan B.
    Dan BrownAugust 10, 2014
    Some of the cheapest parking in the city, especially for extended stays. Leave your beer and cigarettes at home, police are pretty particular about the rules at this beautiful urban park.
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 30, 2011
    In 1700s the Common was the site of a ritual coined Pope's Day. Featured a competition between North & South Boston with brawls until the losing team could not retaliate. More info in blog. <LINK> Read more
  • Ashly S.
    Ashly SanfordAugust 29, 2013
    Have to check out the Boston Commons while in the city. Beautiful! Also make sure you walk down Newbury street by the North West entrance for shops, food, and drinks!
  • HISTORY
    HISTORYMarch 31, 2010
    The Common was used for public hangings up until 1817. In early 1965, 100 people gathered here to protest the Vietnam War, & speeches have been given here by Martin Luther King Jr & Pope John Paul III
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Lilith A.
    Lilith AstarothSeptember 14, 2010
    The 3rd Saturday every September is when the Boston Freedom Rally for marijuana reform happens here! This year its on the 18th from noon to 5!! Free music, food and guest speakers for a great cause!
  • Anne N.
    Anne NApril 8, 2013
    Ladies: If you're on a bench by yourself, you will be hit on aggressively and repeatedly! Amusing, but if you don't think so, stay in motion or bring a buddy.
  • M K.
    M KJune 25, 2015
    Such a beautiful, clean park. Great to relax, read, play sports or walk your dog. It's huge so you're bound to find a space for yourself! 💕
    Upvoted Jun 15
  • Fordcast Tour
    Fordcast TourAugust 22, 2011
    Doesn't matter what time of year it is, Boston Commons is always beautiful! Make sure to visit the Frog Pond in the winter for some ice skating fun!
  • 🔱Mihăilescu A.
    🔱Mihăilescu AndreiAugust 25, 2012
    Great park to relax and walk around. And always holds great events every year like shakespear in the park, youth pride, hemp fest and more.
  • Ceylan S.
    Ceylan Sahin EkerJanuary 2, 2015
    I love this place but be careful where you step during geese migration season as the roads are full of their droppings.
  • Roze M.
    Roze MerryMay 26, 2012
    Great park to relax and walk around. And always holds great events every year like shakespear in the park, youth pride, hemp fest and more.
  • The Daily Free Press
    The Daily Free PressNovember 26, 2012
    The big tree lighting spectacle will happen on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. The Frog Pond is also open for ice skating 7 days a week.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJuly 14, 2011
    Once famed for public hangings and Redcoat army camps, Boston Common is now occupied by relaxing park lovers. Summer sees children splash happy at the Frog Pond. Winter brings out the ice-skaters.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Corey D.
    The city needs to clean the Commons up. I brought my little ones to the frog pond Saturday. There was trash everywhere, homeless people laying all about, and the whole place stunk of garbage & pot
  • Image Unlimited C.
    Image Unlimited CommDecember 10, 2010
    During the summer if order takeout from the Beacon Hill Bistro (lunch only) you get a free picnic basket and blanket to eat in the common.
  • Geoffrey G.
    Summer: Frog pond us fun for kids. Boston Garden is right next to the Common, so don't forget to visit both. In winter: Frog pound turns to ice skating.
  • Niki M.
    Niki MurrayAugust 13, 2013
    Great place for picnics, sun bathing, listening to music by the street performers, playin w ur kid at the kids park, merrygoround, and even having lunch on ur work break!! BOSTON STRONG BABY!
  • Massachusetts Convention
    Boston Common Garage is still just $11 evenings (after 4PM) and weekends. Great place to park for a night out or a long afternoon in Boston Common.
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UAugust 18, 2014
    If you are in Boston, a load of spots to visit are easily walkable from here. Do enjoy the freedom walk and rest here peacefully.
  • Abrar A.
    I like the idea behind it, but I think visiting in the summer is much better, so they can fill the yard with water for the ducks
  • Owen M.
    Owen MacindoeMarch 25, 2009
    Do the freedom trail. Feel hugely touristy. Make sure you have to time to stop for beer, hunt graves, and climb the Bunker Hill obelisk.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzNovember 10, 2014
    You can go ice skating outdoors, at Frog Pond, in the winter. It can get crowded but it's always a good time
  • Will A.
    Will AndersonApril 4, 2010
    Pick up a bottle of Bacardi, buy a $4 cup of lemonade, and grab a spot on the lawn and enjoy a sunnny Sunday afternoon!
  • Shawn O.
    Shawn O'BrienJuly 18, 2011
    next you visit bring a blanket and spend some time sitting after walking the Freedom Trail or get a beer from a local pub.
  • C-MAX Difference
    C-MAX DifferenceSeptember 23, 2012
    Today is The Boston Cup! Cars, cars, and more CARS! Visit the #CMAXdifference tent to win fun prizes and help celebrate National Plug-In Day!
  • Brigid R.
    Brigid RyanOctober 4, 2012
    On Monday October 8 there will be a fun trivia game with the chance to win fun prizes, it starts at 11 am and goes until the prizes run out! Hint--> Bring a smartphone
  • TAY
    TAYMarch 19, 2013
    Did you read E.B. White's Trumpet of the Swan? Parts of the book were based on the summer Swan Boats that float inside the Common.
  • Jaime H.
    Jaime HutkinMarch 29, 2012
    The hill by the monument is nice to lay out on in the summer, and Upper Crust is steps away for a picnic lunch!
  • Andrew P.
    Andrew PhillipsMay 23, 2013
    Lived in Massachusetts my entire life and have never truly embraced the beauty of the Common before just recently
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMarch 13, 2012
    Challenge someone to a duel; it's still legal to duel (with swords or pistols) on Boston Common, as long as you have the Governor's permission.
  • Jeffrey M.
    Jeffrey MarshJuly 8, 2012
    FYI: if you take up the kite guy's offer to fly his kite (he is in a wheelchair), be prepared to make a donation. Not necessarily stated beforehand.
  • Britta L.
    Britta LehmannOctober 14, 2013
    Bostons best and oldest public park....great for tourists or to just chill and to enjoy the trees!
  • Robert F.
    Robert FlynnJuly 4, 2011
    The Ether Monument near Arlington St. is a cool statue in the summer when the water is running, looks cool at night.
  • Garrett O.
    Garrett OBrienJune 12, 2010
    Boston's Central Park to relax, walk, run... or all 3! activities almost every week... especially near any holiday
  • Robert F.
    Robert FlynnJuly 4, 2011
    The Angel of the Waters statue near corner of Beacon and Arlington looks great at night to take a pic
  • Chris M.
    Chris MillsJune 15, 2015
    Supposedly, interacting with the trees (climbing, hanging things from them, etc) is against the rules.
  • Reinny C.
    Reinny CNovember 15, 2011
    Great people watching spot, nice pond/ice rink in winter, big playground, underground parking garage.
  • Nick U.
    Nick UsoffSeptember 10, 2014
    Great place to play frisbee or soccer, there's a lot of open space between the paths you can use
  • Helena N.
    Helena NacinovicMay 17, 2012
    Lovely park, but avoid the corner with Downtown Crossing. Lots of beggars there, homeless or otherwise.
  • Asher W.
    Asher WeissJuly 17, 2014
    Hey Guys, there's a cool new tennis flex league starting in Boston. You play on your own time wherever you want. Check it out at www.matchon.co/bostonflex!
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