Boston Common
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Outdoors with Kids Boston (AMC Books)
Address:Lincoln mA
Hours:All hours daily
Fee: Free
Bathrooms: At the Frog Pond
Water/Snacks: Vendors throughout the park

USGS Boston

America's oldest park is a place of community and a green oasis in the heart of busy downtown.

The Boston Common offers plenty of green space for picnicking.
Photo by: Kimberly Duncan-Mooney

Boston Common, almost 50 acres, is the United States’ oldest park, established in 1634. Once used for grazing livestock, it now offers a respite from the city sidewalks. The Frog Pond (a spray pool in summer and an ice-skating rink in winter) and the adjacent Tadpole Playground are great for kids, but wandering through the city’s backyard, smelling the flowers, and admiring the view are also enticing.

Boston Common is the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks that wend through many of Boston’s neighborhoods. The Common has long been a place of public assembly, hosting everything from bonfires and fireworks celebrating the repeal of the Stamp Act and the end of the Revolutionary War to civil right rallies, including one led by Martin Luther King Jr. Today, in summer you can see a Shakespeare play, watch an informal softball game, or enjoy concerts at the bandstand. In winter, you can skate on the Frog Pond, sled down the park’s central hill, or simply admire the holiday lights that adorn the park’s trees.

Remember: You can learn more about the park’s history and pick up maps at the Visitor Information Center at 148 Tremont Street.

Plan B:

The equally historic Public Garden is just next door, across Charles Street. In summer, take a ride on the Swan Boats at the pond. Don’t forget to look for the Make Way for Ducklings statue, a kid favorite.

Where to Eat Nearby:

All around the Common, you'll find a number of restaurants.



By: terimorrow
Posted: 07/18/2013 21:38

I take my kids to Boston at least once each summer.  We always visit the Common and Public Garden.  They love the Frog Pond, Carousel, and Swan Boats.  And they love to get a balloon animal for the price of a tip.  A great low cost outing with a great playground to boot.  Bring a swimsuit and towel for kids of all ages.  The Frog Pond is only a foot deep!

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By: mommypth
Posted: 05/31/2012 13:09

There is something to do here no matter the season- splashing in the water in the summer, skating in the winter and a wonderful playground for  toddlers. My kids love walking around the gardens as long as we end up with an ice cream and visit theducklings

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By: letipearman
Posted: 05/31/2012 11:54

My preschooler loves the playground and merry go round in Boston Common. Combine it with a walk to the public garden and ride a swan boat if you really want your little kid to talk about this trip for days. And you'll be a regular hero if you can add a ride on the T to the mix.

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By: oc.clare
Posted: 05/31/2012 09:15

After a trip to the Boston Common you can stop by AMC HQ and pick up a copy of the Boston Kids outdoors book!  The store is just up the stairs onto Beacon Street at #5 Joy Street.  The staff is so helpful!  Especially cindy, Donna and Courtney!

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