Boston Common • Boston

Boston Common is America’s oldest park, an ancient piece of landscape that has belonged, uninterrupted, to the people of Boston since 1634. It was purchased as land set aside for the common use of the townspeople and still serves that purpose today.

Throughout the 18thcentury Colonial Militia mustered, where ordinary people gathered to celebrate victories over restrictive policies of the crown, or to hang effigies in protest of those policies. It was also used for various things during the Civil War and the turbulent 1960’s.

Today, nearly 400 years later families come to the Boston Common for leisure – to stroll, jog, skate on Frog Pond, and play ball in the open fields.

Visit: 139 Tremont Street, Boston, MA; 617-635-4505; parks/boston-common