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The Boston Common is a must-see when visiting Beantown. Use this guide to learn about the park's rich history, natural beauty, and historic monuments.
Built in 1634, the Boston Common is the oldest city park in the United States, and recognized as a Boston Landmark by the Boston Landmarks Commission. Before evolving into the park we know it as today — brimming with grassy knolls, bridges, and a frog pond — it was used as a cow pasture, burial ground, and Revolutionary war camp for traveling soldiers. Following its transformation, locals began gathering on the grounds to picnic, exercise, and attend famous concerts and speeches, featuring Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II, and Judy Garland.
Located in the heart of the park you’ll find the Boston Common Frog Pond. The pond is full of activities, rotating year-round with each season. Features include an ice-skating rink and skate school in the winter, a reflecting pool in the spring and fall, and a spray pool and carousel in the summer.
In addition to concerts, rallies, and traveling festivals, The Boston Common also hosts the following annual and recurring events:
Making your way from Studio Allston to the Common is easy. Step outside and catch the B70 bus, transfer to Red Line train at Alewife, and get off at the Park Street stop. Drop by the Visitor's Center on the Tremont Street side of the park to grab a map.
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