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  • Address: Between Beacon, Park, Tremont, Boylston, and Charles Streets
  • Admission: Free

The starting point of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country. At 50 acres/20 hectares, the Common is the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks that winds through many of Boston’s neighborhoods.

The Common has served many purposes over the years, including as a campground for British troops during the Revolutionary War. Today, though, the Common serves picnickers, sunbathers, and people watches. In winter, the Frog Pond attracts ice-skaters, while summer draws theater lovers for Shakespeare on the Common.

Spend a day wandering freely in the Common. Walking paths crisscross its green, which is dotted with such monuments and memorials as the Boston Massacre Monument, the Great Elm Site, and the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial. Nearby sites include the Central Burying Ground and the Boston Athenaeum.

Practical Info

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, enabling you to visit a variety of nearby sites. An on-site information kiosk is a great source of information and maps. Throughout the year, especially in summer, the Common hosts a number of activities, from free concerts to political rallies to seasonal festivities.

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Boston Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 578 Reviews

Discover Boston at your leisure with a one-day ticket on the Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour. Create your own itinerary to see the most popular sights of Boston at ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $40.95

Boston Duck Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 226 Reviews

Water is no barrier for a duck, why should it be for you? A Boston Duck Tour is a wonderful way to get a great look at Boston on land and water. See all the ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 80 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.65

Boston Segway Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

Cruise through Boston on a Segway for a fun, unique way to see the sights. On the 1-hour tour, explore the Boston Harborwalk, Boston Common, Rose Fitzgerald ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 1 hour or 2 hours

From USD $60.00

Boston Super Saver: Cambridge, Lexington and Concord Tour plus Hop-On Hop-Off Boston Trolley

4 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Experience the best of the Boston area by combining a tour of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord and a 2-day Boston hop-on hop-off trolley. Delve into the ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Coach tour: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)


Trolley tour: Varies

From USD $65.60

American History Tour: Cambridge, Lexington and Concord Day Trip from Boston

4 star rating: Recommended 82 Reviews

This fascinating historical day trip from Boston takes you to the famous nearby Massachusetts cities of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord. Journey along the ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.00

Boston TV and Movie Sites Walking Tour

Tour the Boston Common and Beacon Hill areas and visit more than 30 movie locations on this captivating movie and TV walking tour! This tour is a must for film ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $24.99

Boston Photography Tour: Beacon Hill

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Enjoy a photography tour of Boston’s upscale Beacon Hill neighborhood. Brimming with historical character and charm, this area offers endless stunning sites ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.00

Boston Photography Tour: Boston Back Bay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Picture-perfect photo opportunities await you on this guided walking tour through Boston's historic Back Bay neighborhood. Grab your camera and take a journey ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.00

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