Boston Common (also known as “the Common”) is a central public park in Boston, Massachusetts. It is sometimes erroneously referred to as the “Boston Commons“. Dating from 1634, it is the oldest city park in the United States. The Boston Common consists of 50 acres (20 ha) of land bounded by Tremont Street, Park Street, Beacon Street, Charles Street, and Boylston Street. The Common is part of the Emerald Necklace of parks and parkways that extend from the Common south to Franklin Park in Roxbury. A visitors’ center for all of Boston is located on the Tremont Street side of the park. Wikipedia
When you cross the street from the Public Garden you walk right into this huge park. We pretty much walked right through the middle of it and around one corner. We saw lots of people hanging around in the park doing what people do in parks – picnic, lay in the grass, cuddle, walk their dogs, play with their children in the Frog Pond (a splash pool for children in the summer and public ice skating in the winter), and take the Freedom Trail tour which leads you to 17 historical sites; six we managed to hit purely by accident. There were plenty of street snacks to eat around the perimeter of the park if you didn’t bring your own as well as a T station (subway) to get you to anyplace else you wished to go if you were tired of walking.
And to think, this area was once reserved for grazing cattle.