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Boston Common, Boston, Massachusetts

Beacon St & Charles St, Boston, Massachusetts

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  • Visited: October 2013
  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2014
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Beautiful Spot For a Picnic in Boston

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Submitted by: Janet D.

Being together with my 13 year old daughter 24/7 inside a Mini Cooper or a "cozy" hostel room for the past 21 (of 45!) days has been perplexingly pleasant. I say perplexingly because we've invaded each other's space far more in our 2,400 square foot home. Our mutual conclusion is that we are lacking certain "stressors" on this trip and our female vibes are completely in sync. But, as I walked to Boston Common alone, I remembered the key lesson I learned back in Austin...occasional bouts of air conditioned solitude preserve pleasant. She didn't know what she was missing. Who am I kidding? I would have just gotten an eye roll, fake gasp and or "Really, Mom???" if I told her she was walking in the U.S.A.'s olde...

Submitted by: Andrea B.

I've only ever been to the Boston Common during the spring or summer, and it is beautiful.  Like everyone else at this park, I love just sitting in the shade in the grass, or if it's not too hot, in the sun.  I don't remember this at all, but my parents told me that we had picnics here frequently, and that I absolutely loved playing in the frog pond when I was little (not unlike just about every other kid at the park). More recently though, my friend and I almost met an early demise at this lovely park.  We had just emerged from one of the little parking garage buildings and were looking for the T stop.  We were just walking along, minding our own business, when someone runs up to us and yells at us to move....

Submitted by: Jessica S.

Beautiful. In Boston with my husband and 17 month old son for a wedding.  We visited the park & the public garden several times.  The frog pond was great fun, my son could ...

Submitted by: panayiota b.

May not be my favourite park-area in the City of Boston (that goes to the Esplanade) but it is still great to have a park in the middle of the city.  In the winter there is an ice skating rink if you don't want to skate at your own risk at the Public Garden pond when it freezes over. In the summer the ice skating rink is transformed into a ...

Submitted by: Keli R.

I love The Common.  In one day, you can do so much. See so many beautiful things and interesting people.  It is family friendly and refreshing.  In one day we saw: 1.  a Quiddich (yes...Harry Potter...Quiddich..broomsticks and all) game going on between Harvard students..it was Hilarious! and I don't even know about Quiddich! 2.  A one man band who was inspiring and lovely. He has been around the world spreading the word of music. please do not mistake him for a crazy homeless person..give him a chance. 3. Students creating some sort of info-mercial with a person in a Polar Bear costume..not sure why, but funny none the less. 4.  A Greek Independence Day Parade and festival...full of food vendors, crafts and...

Submitted by: Julia F.

I used to hang out here alot more when I was a little kid. It was one of the places my dad would take my older sister and I. It has changed alot since then, and though I go here less frequently these days, it still holds a special place.... Shakespeare on the co...

Submitted by: April C.

There's not much I could add about the Boston Common that probably hasn't already been said in it's near-150 reviews, so I'll keep it short and simple...or not. Who am I kidding, I can't do that! The Common is a Boston icon, and is truly a gem (aptly described, as it is the anchor of Frederick Law Olmstead's Emerald Necklace) for residents or visitors alike. There are benches aplenty, three T stops to choose from (Arlington, Park or Boylston), ample restaurants, attractions and other outings lining the park perimeter, the paths are mostly paved and the scenery (on most days) is beautiful (more on that later). If I accomplish nothing else with this review, I must call to your attention that there are two side...

Submitted by: Chris C.

I really like Boston Common because it feels like it fits in better with its surroundings in comparison to Central Park in New York. You can find some beautiful views of the city here, and there's lots of benches and ponds and places to find a nice spot to relax and enjoy the scenery. It's not quite as diverse as Central Park in terms of how ...

Submitted by: Jennifer T.

This place is so beautiful even with just snow and ice. You can just imagine the winter wonderland that can exist after a snowstorm. Frog pond serves as the park's ice rink. It's small but has characte...


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