One of the city’s most well known landmarks, Boston Common is a 50-acre public park and the anchor of the Emerald Necklace, a series of connected parks in Boston. It’s also the oldest park in the United States and has a storied past, rich with history and interesting events. The Common, as many refer to it, played numerous roles throughout its existence. It has been used as the setting for public hangings, a campground for the British troops prior to the American Revolution and a gathering place for soapbox speeches by legendary figures including Martin Luther King, Jr., Gloria Steinem and Pope John II.
Today, the scenic Boston park is where many residents and visitors come to enjoy a beautiful day, to play sports, run, walk or enjoy a quiet picnic. Here and close by, there are many activities and attractions for people of all ages to enjoy.
Boston Common is the official starting place for the Freedom Trail, although visitors can begin wherever they wish. This walking tour is 2.5 miles and winds its way to 16 of the most historically significant sites in the city. You can enjoy the trail at your own pace or take a guided tour. Stroll by the most popular and historical landmarks in Boston including the Park Street Church, Massachusetts State House, site of the Boston Massacre, Old South Meeting House, Granary Burying Ground, Benjamin Franklin Statue, Paul Revere House and more.
A historic site that includes many shops, restaurants and entertainment venues, Faneuil Hall was once a meeting hall and the site of various speeches by famed colonists Samuel Adams, James Otis and others. It was built in 1740 and continues to be an epicenter of activity in the city.