Boston Common

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Summary

It doesn't get much more Boston than going for a run in the Common. Give it a shot and see for yourself.

Written by

Cody Grodzki

Distance

2.5 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

0.8 miles

Difficulty

2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

Depends on how many loops you want to complete.

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

Yes

Fees Permits

No

None

Land Website

Boston Common

Review

Intro

Take a run in the oldest park in America! Boston Common has been the site of many historic events throughout American history, such as a camp for British soldiers in the Revolutionary war, a protest site during the Vietnam war, as well as the location where both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pope John Paul II gave speeches to the people of Boston. If you’re visiting Boston, you have to make a stop at the Common.

What Makes It Great

Even with all of the history the Common has been a part of, today it is still a great place to exercise and take in the beauty of the city. Sitting on 50 acres of land and situated in the heart of the Boston, the Common is hugely popular for people of all walks of life to enjoy. 

As you may guess, there is plenty to see as you make your way around the park. Frog Pond, for example, is a wonderful place to relax after your run and during the summer months you can even have your little ones hop in the Frog Pond Spray Pool for a nice cool down. Other notable sites include the Boston Massacre Memorial, the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial, Brewer Fountain, and the Parkman Bandstand. Whether you're visiting because of your affinity of American history or to simply enjoy the park on a beautiful day, Boston Common will be sure to please. 

Although not known for its size, the Common is great to get a few laps in before work or after a long day. Just in town for bit? This destination is should be linked up with the Public Garden for the full experience. There are numerous paths to link and connect every corner of these two beautiful Boston landmarks.

Who is Going to Love It

Folks looking to get some outdoor time midst the hustle and bustle of the city will surely enjoy the prime location of the Common. Because of its convenient location, there are likely to be many other people running, walking, and enjoying the green space with you, so if you’re looking for a destination with privacy and a sense of solitude, seek elsewhere. That being said, if you don't mind sharing, the Common is a wonderful place to visit.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

A quick 10 minute walk (or even shorter if you run!) from the center of Boston will land you at the Common. Additionally, there are numerous T stops located right on the outskirts, as well as just a few blocks away. 

Red Line: Park Street (closest to park from Boston center)

Green Line: Park Street, Arlington (farthest from park from Boston Center)

Orange Line: Downtown Crossing, Chinatown

It is really not worth the hassle of driving or parking in this area. If you're already in town, I would recommend against it.

Location

Boston Common

Boston, MA,
42.353058, -71.0706

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