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Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Category:Parks & Nature
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boston common photoBoston Common is Boston, Massachusetts' most famous public park and the oldest city park in the United States, dating as far back as 1634. It is 50 acres in size.

Our photo guide to the Boston Common & Public Garden is a great way to get a look at these beautiful park spaces and all that they offer.

The Common is bounded by Tremont Street, Park Street, Beacon Street, Charles Street, and Boylston Street. A visitors' center for all of Boston is on the Tremont Street side of the park.

Today it serves as a public park for all to use for formal or informal gatherings, or just to enjoy the park and its surroundings. Check out our Boston Common photo guide to get an idea of what you can see and do when you visit.

Events such as concerts, protests, carousel rides, softball games, keeping cool in Frog Pond's giant spray fountain & wading pool on hot summer days, and then ice skating in winter are popular activities and events.

Right next to the Frog Pond is a wonderful playground for children of all ages to enjoy. Turn around and you'll see the famous Gold Dome of the Boston Statehouse across Beacon Street.

Frog Pond Spray Pool, Fountain & Ice Rink
A year-round recreational facility, the Frog Pond offers ice skating in the winter and a spray pool and supervised wading for youngsters in the summer. The facility is managed by the Boston Common Frog Pond Foundation and staffed by youth workers from the Boston Youth Fund.

The Common is a quick walk to Charles Street, The Charles River Esplanade, and Beacon Hill. The Boston Common is also in close proximity to Chinatown, Newbury Street and Downtown Crossing.

Other attraction that are between a 7-15 minute walk away include Quincy Market, Old North Church, Boston Children's Museum, The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum, The USS Constitution, Boston Public Garden,The Boston State House, The Museum of Fine Arts, and Fenway Park.

Find lots more things to do in Boston with kids in our handy guide for parents and families.

For further information, please call the Frog Pond at (617) 635-2120.

For more ideas about Free Things to do in Boston, visit our handy guide to low cost adventures in Boston.

And if you are looking for more of the must-see places to visit in Boston, our Things to do in Boston guide is a great place to start! We've compiled some of our favorite spots for you right here.



Boston Common, Boston, MA, 02116 map

At the corner of Charles & Beacon Street


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