- Type: Parks and Gardens
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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The grounds of the Boston Common started as a cow pasture in the mid-1600s. After a few years, overgrazing became a problem and it was then used as a British camp pre-Revolutionary War. Today, the park is the oldest public park in the country and one of the focal points of the city. The Common is also host to a variety of activities and events throughout the year, including theater and musical performances.
This being Boston, you're sure to get a dose of history. Exhibit A: The Central Burying Ground and final resting place for many who died in the Battle of Bunker Hill (including some British soldiers). And to cool off in the summer (and to ice skate on in the winter), simply head to the Frog Pond in the middle of the park.
The park, free, is conveniently located in the middle of the city, but as one TripAdvisor user points out, "at night it is a place where many homeless people sleep so if this sort of thing makes you uncomfortable you may want to visit here between 10am and 5pm."