Party Earth Review The oldest public park in the country, Boston Common is a year-round gathering point for Bostonians of every stripe. Founded in 1634, the fifty-acre expanse of green is a favorite hangout in warm weather, when students... ... read full review
151 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
Green Line: Arlington, Boylston, Park Street
Downtown / Financial District, Boston –
The oldest public park in the country, Boston Common is a year-round gathering point for Bostonians of every stripe.
Founded in 1634, the fifty-acre expanse of green is a favorite hangout in warm weather, when students, young professionals, and lovers show up to stroll through the picturesque Public Gardens, picnic on the grass, or laze on a swan boat in the lagoon.
Summers see flocks of young people and college coeds sunbathing or searching for relief from the heat, as the air fills with Frisbees, footballs, and notes from street musicians playing for change, while events like Boston Pride Week, Independence Day fireworks, and Shakespeare plays round out the festivities.
Sporty types can take advantage of the baseball diamond and jogging paths, or get some exercise on the Frog Pond skating rink in winter, which also makes for a great date spot.
One of the few parks that offers activities all year round, Boston Common is clearly the crown jewel in what Bostonians call their “emerald necklace” of parks.
All types of all ages.
Sporting options include a baseball diamond, jogging paths for walking dogs and roller-blading, and ice skating at Frog Pond in winter.
Cultural events include plays presented by Shakespeare on the Common, occasional concerts by the Boston Lyric Opera, and public art installations. Boston Pride events and rallies. Street performers.
Vendors sell ice cream, hot chocolate, hot dogs, and other snacks.
Ice skating $4, skate rental $8. Snacks $1–$5.
Any warm summer day, or winter weekends for ice skating on Frog Pond.
The best way to end a day in the oldest park in the country is to have a beer or two at The Bell In Hand Tavern (45–55 Union Street), the oldest bar in the country.