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Website:http://www.cityofboston.gov/freedomtrail/bostoncommon.asp
Hours:Open 24 / 7 / 365

Boston CommonThe Boston Common is a large plot of open land on the South Slope of Beacon Hill in the center of downtown Boston, bounded by Tremont, Beacon, Charles, Park, and Boylston Streets. It is located on grounds originally owned by William Blaxton and was first designated as public space by the city of Boston in 1634 making it the oldest public park in the United States. Through 1830, locally owned sheep and cattle grazed in the Common and it was the site of public hangings through 1817. During the American Revolution, the British used the Common as a staging ground before beginning their march to the battles of Lexington and Concord. In it's nearly 300 year history, Boston Common has hosted numerous free concerts in addition to noteworthy speeches by Martin Luther King Jr, Pope John Paul II, and Gloria Steinem. Presently, Boston Common is a central recreation hub with more than 44 acres of lawns, ball fields, and walkways; it is also host to Frog Pond, a popular watering hole in the summer and ice skating rink in the fall and winter. Boston Common is also the starting point of Boston's Freedom Trail and was fittingly designated a US Historic Landmark in 1987. The land beneath Boston Common is not wasted - there is a multi-story parking garage with entrances on the western slope and the MBTA's Park Street Station resides under the Western peak.

 

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