The Ultimate Guide to Boston Common

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Boston Common was established way back in 1634, long before the American Revolution. The oldest public recreation area in the nation, the 50-acre park in Massachusetts is considered a true gem in a city that’s filled with parks, greenways and open spaces. Located across the Massachusetts State House, it forms the southern base of Beacon Hill, delineated by Beacon, Park, Tremont, Boylston and Charles streets.

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The Freedom Trail
Boston Common, Boston, Massachusetts

The Freedom Trail

The most popular attraction in Boston Common is the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, and you don’t have to pay a thing to experience it.

16 Revolutionary War Sites

The route is marked with a red stripe, traveling through the most historic neighborhoods in the city, showcasing 16 important sites related to the Revolutionary War along the way. You’ll start in Boston Common, walk through Historic Downtown Boston, the North End, and finish at the Charlestown waterfront.

Historic Sites

Be sure to stop at the home of Paul Revere where you’ll get a great sense of how people lived during the Revolutionary War years. The Old State House Museum is a must for exploring fascinating memorabilia like the vial of tea that was salvaged from the original Tea Party crowd. The Old North Church is the very site where Paul Revere warned that the British were coming in 1775, sparking the American Revolution.

You can even check out the old cemetery, which holds the tomb of Paul Revere himself, along with graves of many other historic figures, including the parents of Benjamin Franklin.

Mesmerizing Monuments

There are multiple monuments in and around Boston Common that any history buff won’t want to miss – though anyone who appreciates talented art may want to view them as well.

The Robert Shaw Memorial sits at the northeast corner of the park, a bronze sculpture created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens which depicts the 25-year-old colonel leading his African-American 54th Volunteer Infantry unit during their march down Beacon Street in 1863. You might recall that this regiment was featured in the highly-acclaimed film, “Glory.”

Grassy Lawns and Gardens

Boston Common has some beautiful places for picnicking, with lots of grassy lawns and picturesque gardens.

People Watching and Quiet Contemplation

It’s also a great place to just find a bench and enjoy some quiet contemplation, watching the world go by.

Boston Common
Address: 139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111 
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