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Boston Common

The beginning of the Freedom Trail is the Common. It is here that the British Troops in the Boston area were camped during the Revolutionary War. It also happens to be the oldest park in the United States. It has seen time as a place for cattle to graze, was the location of public hangings, and has been the site of many public speeches and celebrations.


The park is bordered by Tremont, Beacon, Charles, Park and Boylston Streets.

MBTA Access:

Park Street Station

More about the Common

Almost 50 acres in size, the park today is part of the Emerald Necklace, which is a system of interconnected parks that are strung throughout the city.

Today, Boston Common is the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks that winds through many of Boston’s neighborhoods.

The park has ballfields, a tot lot and one of our favorites – the Frog Pond. The pond has a spray fountain where children can swim and in the winter it serves as an ice skating rink.

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