Boston Common

Boston Common is the oldest public park in United States history and is the beginning of the Freedom Trail. The history of Boston Common dates back to 1634 which is when the area was assigned as a public patch of land. Boston Common park is almost 50 acres in size and is currently used by locals and visitors as a green space in the city to relax in, catch a local concert, gather with friends or throw around on a warm afternoon. Bordered by downtown, Beacon Hill and the Public Garden, Boston Common has an informal layout and very open design.

Today Boston Commons is the foothold for the Emerald Necklace, a 1,000 acre system of intertwined parks that wind through many beautiful Boston neighborhoods. Stretching from Boston Commons downtown to Franklin Park and the Arnold Arboretum, the Emerald Necklace is one of the oldest public park systems in the country. This chain of natural settings and waterways brings a calming respite from the city's hectic pace. Boston Commons remains one of the most visited areas of the Emerald Necklace and acts as a sanctuary for overworked office folks loosening their ties at lunch break. Dining can be found scattered around Boston Commons and the area is a nice place to relax and take in the city after a great meal.

Boston Common history is a varied and interesting one. At one time it was owned by William Blackstone and was used for public hangings and other military use. Removed in 1817 the gallows were the point at which law-breakers were hung for their crimes. In Boston Common history sheep and cattle could be found grazing in the area, but from 1830 and they were forbidden in the park. Boston Common history states that British soldiers used to stay and camp in the area during the Revolutionary War. Many monuments pay tribute to Boston Common history such as the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial, Brewer Fountain, Soldiers and Sailors Monument and the Parkmen Bandstand. Central Burying Grounds, one of Boston's oldest graveyards, occupied by British and American soldiers from the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, can also be found in Boston Common.

In the cold, winter months people search out activities to keep their blood flowing and Boston Common ice skating is a popular choice for just that. The Frog Pond is where Boston Common ice skating happens every year from November until about mid-March. The Frog Pond was launched back in 1997 and today it remains a well visited ice skating rink flagged by great dining and shopping along Charles Street and located near Faneuil Marketplace and Back Bay's Newbury Street where boredom stays at bay.

Boston Common ice skating at Frog Pond is open Mondays 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Thursday and also Sunday from 10am to 9pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 10pm. Admission is $4 per person and children under 13 skate free. Skate rentals are $8 for adults and $5 for under 13 years of age with lockers at $1. Seasons passes and lunch passes are also available for families as well as individuals Check rates before visiting. When at Boston Common ice skating there s a snack bar on sight with an ample menu of hot and cold treats to keep everyone happy.

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