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

4 star rating: Recommended 43 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

Boston Segway Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 29 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 Beantown Trolley and Harbor Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

Celebrate Boston’s history with a sightseeing tour on the Beantown Trolley, a great way to see top Boston attractions including Beacon Hill, Boston Common, ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Varies

From USD $35.00

Boston TV and Movie Sites Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Take a guided coach tour of the Boston sites you know and love from your favorite TV shows and movies! On this must-do tour, perfect for film buffs, your ...  Read more

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

From USD $40.99

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 Bike Rental

Explore the winding colonial streets of Boston on your own time with this 24-hour Boston bike rental. Hop on a hybrid bike (combines city and all-terrain ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: Flexible

From USD $36.75

Small-Group Boston Brahmin Walking Tour in Beacon Hill

Take a guided walking tour through Beacon Hill and Boston Common, learning about the elite group of upper-crust residents known as the Boston Brahmin, whose ...  Read more

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

From USD $70.29

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