Boston Common near Tremont Street with the Massachusetts State House in the background. (©Ingfbruno/CC license via Wikimedia Commons)
Freedom Trail attraction. America’s oldest public park and part of the Emerald Necklace, the 50-acre Boston Common was set aside in 1634 as a military “trayning” ground and pastureland, and it has always been a gathering place for residents who convene for rallies or recreation. You’ll find a cemetery, ball fields, a carousel and, depending on the season, a wading pool or skating rink.