Boston Common

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Boston Common Reviews

WalterC WalterC
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Starting point for 2 different trails in oldest park of US Sep 11, 2017
The oldest public park in the US, Boston Common is the starting point to start your visit to Boston. Not hard to find, as the closest subway stop to the park, is Park Street on the Green Line.

Built in 1634, it started out as a grazing ground for livestock. And a place where Puritans would hang anyone who would oppose them. Also, as a training ground for the British Army during the Revolution. It has seen its share of American history, even before the birth of America itself.

Now, it is a public park for anyone to enjoy and relax, as well as take their kids to, as there is a carousel for them to enjoy. There are monuments throughout the park. One of them is the Boston Massacre Monument, to honor those who died on March 5, 1770. Also, a Soldiers and Sailors Monument, for the Massachusetts soldiers who died during the Civil War. And more memorials throughout the park, which is not very big.

The park is the starting point of 2 different trails, the Black Heritage Trail and the Freedom Trail. And the only place where the 2 trails do overlap for a little bit. Mainly at the area of the Robert Gould Shaw/54th Regiment Memorial, which is located across the street from the Massachusetts State House, and the start of the Black Heritage Trail. The Freedom Trail starts at the visitor center, which is where the red brick line starts. More about these trails in separate reviews.

Boston Common may not be an impressive place to visit by itself, but I think it does serve as a very good starting point for any first-time visitors to Boston. Mainly due to being a springboard to see other parts of this historical city. Plus a good place to relax and do some people-watching. And some eating options located across the street, along the Tremont Street side. So it can be a good place to have a little picnic as well.

Because of all this, Boston Common is definitely worth the visit.
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planxty says:
Congratulations on another feature Walter, well done.
Posted on: Nov 06, 2017
Kathrin_E says:
Congrats on your featured review! There is plenty of history in this park, it seems.
Posted on: Nov 06, 2017
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Posted on: Nov 05, 2017
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trinademattei trinadem…
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Oldest City Park in the US Oct 07, 2014
I visited Boston in May of 2010 and it was a perfect time of the year to explore the city. Boston is a lovely city ands at its heart is Boston Commons. The closest subway stations are Park near the est and Boyleston to the south.

The park is a tranquil space and although it's filled with people it can surprisingly quiet. There are many paths which offer the visitor a chance to explore the park and it's beautiful foliage. There are plenty of benches and grass that can offer plenty of opportunities to rest and relax. The park is surrounded by shops and restaurants and is a good jumping off point for exploring the city on foot. You can also start your tour of The Freedom Trail here.
Boston Common in May
2 / 2 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
trinademattei says:
Thanks for clarifying! It was about four years ago that I was there...
Posted on: Oct 11, 2014
spocklogic says:
Basically, Boston Common is shaped like a trapezoid, surrounded by 5 streets, Beacon, Park, Tremont, Boylston and Arlington. So, a more accurate way to describe it is that both Boylston and Park are on the east side of the Boston Common (with Park in the north and Boylston in the south). Another station near the Common is called Arlington, located on the west side (also in the south part like Boylston). This is all part of the Green line, but at Park one can change to the Red line.
Posted on: Oct 09, 2014

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