Summer Fun at the Boston Common

There is so much do do in Boston.  Summer fun at the Boston Common is a favorite past time for visitors to this iconic park.  It is the country’s oldest park and filled with history and wide open spaces.  On a recent spring trip to Boston I enjoyed the beauty of the Boston Common and Public Gardens.  You can’t help but feel peaceful and happy here.  The trees and flowers are in full bloom all summer long.


Have a picnic

A picnic on Boston Common is always a great idea.  Make it simple with a basket of cheese, a bunch of grapes and fresh berries, and some soft drinks.  Alcohol consumption is not allowed in the park so leave your beer and wine at home.  There are plenty of pubs nearby for your to enjoy an adult beverage after you leave the park.  Several nearby shops make it easy to shop for picnic supplies to create the perfect spread in no time. Stock up on gourmet grub, from fruits and cheese to premade sandwiches, salads, and desserts, at nearby Roche Brothers in Downtown Crossing, or the upscale Deluca’s Market across the park in Beacon Hill.


Ride the carousel

The antique carousel in Boston Common is a must stop for fun on your trip to the park.  Both kids and the young at heart will get a kick out of the old-school merry-go-round, located not too far from the Frog Pond. And it’s truly a classic, built in 1947 by the Allan Herschel Company and featuring hand-carved wooden horses. The carousel is open in the spring, summer, and fall.   It costs just $4 per ride. Or you can purchase a $30 pass that’s good for 10 rides.  The antique carousel is a great place to stop for summer fun in Boston Common.

Swan-Boat-at Boston Common

Visit the Swan Boats in Boston Common

The iconic swan boats have been delighting folks for over 100 years.  They are located in the frog pond on the public garden side of Boston Common.   The Swan Boat rides are not only relaxing, but oh-so-cute.  Not to mention, inexpensive — currently, they’re $4 for adults and seniors, $3 for children ages 2-15, and free for those under 2.  Take the time to try this very special activity.

Other Memorable Things to See in the Park

The park is very large and offers a variety of other activities and sights for visitors to enjoy.  Some of our favorites are the Make Way for Ducklings statues, the Frog Pond, the Central Burying Ground and the John Paul II Placard.  Find out more about each one on the Boston Common Website.

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