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Spring Break 2017: VISIT BOSTON!

Reasons why you should consider Boston for Spring Break 2017

Boston may not immediately come to mind when you are dreaming of escaping to a paradise for some serious partying for Spring Break. However, the town does have some incredible things to offer both students who want a quiet spring break and those who want to party. It’s also a great destination for families too!

Since Boston spring breaks range from late February to early April, spring break 2017 will go on long enough for students from around the country to make it in time.

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There are many fantastic choices of accommodations in Boston. Stay in one of several fabulous neighborhoods like Back Bay, North End, West End, Beacon Hill, Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown and more.

Boston is not that big by “big city” standards so getting around town is really easy. Unlike bigger cities like New York and Chicago, you can see a lot more in a day. Consider more bang for your buck by staying in a short-term apartment rental rather than hotel. You have all the comfort and convenience of home and you can see what it’s like to live in Boston. Plus, apartments are great for groups.

Shopping in BostonPrudential Center Mall

Shopping in Boston is like no other place on earth. There are so many different areas in Boston that have their own unique shopping experience. No matter what you are looking for you can find it in Boston, and will be sure to have a good time and be entertained along the way. Read more.

Parking in Boston

Boston is not a grid. parking in bostonBoston’s streets were designed in horse and buggy times, not for our current space age of modern gasoline powered automobile times. Finding your way around can be a challenge and finding parking can be frustrating. Read our guide to making it all easier so you can spend more time doing and less time circling the block. However, public transportation, walking and biking are really easy to do in Boston.

Free Learning ExperiencesBoston Museums USS Constitution

Boston has plenty of free museum time and interesting sites if you are more into learning and less into drinking and meeting new people. It is possible to fill much more than a week paying only for lodging, food and transportation.

  • Take a tour of the State House
  • Use the city’s self-guided iPod tours
  • See the USS Constitution
  • Visit the MFA
  • See the stars at the Coit Observatory
  • Walk the Freedom Trail

Party CentralBoston Pub Crawl

Boston may not have endless miles of tropical beaches but we do have an almost endless list of amazing bars, pubs, and entertainment options. There are not many places in the world where you can design your own ultimate Pub Crawl and hit several FAMOUS bars in one day.

Whisky Saigon might be the biggest party that is happening in Boston. Luxury combines with popular music to make this club a great place to drink and dance all night long. Plus, they have an attached restaurant to grab some dinner before hitting the dance floor.
116 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02116  Phone: (617) 482-7799

Fire + Ice Boston is a must while you are here. Located walking distance from Newbury Street, the Boston Public Library, and the Freedom Trail – FiRE+iCE Boston is the perfect place for that can’t-miss, wicked awesome, iconic, Boston experience. They are best known for their legendary round grill that allows you to enjoy a dish of your own creation – like “choose your own adventure dining.” This is a great place to eat a lot and party with a large group.

205 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA Phone: 617-482-FIRE (3473)

Have Fun and Be Safe!

We hope you consider visiting Boston for Spring Break 2017. There is so much to do, you will definitely stay busy and create lasting memories. Let us know if we can help you with anything.  Call (877) 795-4387 today to book your lodging.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Boston

Looking for something to do this weekend for New Year’s Eve?

First Night Boston 2017 – First Day Boston

Celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Boston at this huge two-day event with lots of activities for the whole family.

First Night festivities include a dramatic fireworks show at midnight over Boston Harbor, a huge Celebrate Boston Parade down Boylston Street, family-friendly activities, live musical performances, and spectacular ice sculptures by renowned artists.

Then, kick off 2017 with a First Day Fun Run/Walk on Boston Common.  Look for special museum discounts, more arts performances around the city, and plenty of First Day brunches at Boston restaurants.

Find out more here.

Winter on the Wharf

The Boston Harbor Hotel hosts the annual Winter on the Wharf event on December 31st from 1-4pm.  Enjoy FREE ice-skating, hot cocoa, and cookies. You can also check out the Waterfront Boston’s Ice Sculpture Stroll where art-like sculptures scattered across the harbor. You’ll even see a model of the U.S.S. Constitution carved out of ice. This is a family friendly event.

See the Nutcracker

If staying inside where it’s warm sounds good, you can see the a very special New Year’s Eve performance of Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. at the Boston Opera House. The performance is just under 2 hours so you will have plenty of time to ring in the New Year on time.

Parties and Dining

There are several websites available with lists of events, parties, and restaurants that are hosting New Year’s Eve celebrations. Here are a few:


Club Zone’s List of Boston NYE Celebrations

Eventbrite’s List of Celebrations (including a secrete location)

Let us know if we forgot something

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Caroling in Boston

Caroling Events Around Boston

Do you like to sing Christmas songs? Did your family go caroling when you were little? The Boston area has a few options for those of you who just don’t get into the Christmas spirit until you’ve sung (or heard) your favorite holiday songs.

There are INDOOR and OUTDOOR caroling options so check them out!

Fa la la la la, la la, la, la!

Boston Holiday Pops

Now Through Dec. 24, 2013
Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 266-1200

Join the Boston Pops for some INDOOR caroling in a performance filled with holiday music favorites, the traditional Pops sing-a-long, and even a visit from jolly old Santa Claus.

The kids’ matinee performances include post-concert photos with Santa and special treats. Special post-Christmas concerts feature screenings of the unforgettable movie classic, Back to the Future, live with orchestral accompaniment, and New Year’s Eve with the Boston Pops Swing Orchestra led by bandleader Bo Winiker will kick off the new year in style. Don’t miss the most popular seasonal tradition around!

Christmas by Candlelight

Date: Dec. 13-15, 20-22, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
(800) 733-1830

Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with an enchanted evening of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance, and a sleigh ride (weather permitting). Meet and chat with Santa Claus (bring your camera!). This year, be on the look out for a new Santa’s village! 

The Christmas Revels

Date: Dec. 13-27, 2013
Harvard University
45 Quincy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 496-2222

A holiday tradition for more than four decades, The Christmas Revels is a joyful theatrical celebration of the winter solstice that travels the world each year showcasing cultural traditions including music, dance, folktales and rituals.

This year’s Revels follows the original French immigrants who settled on the Canadian border but were later forced southward by the British to a new home along the bayous of Louisiana. Filled with toe-tapping fiddle tunes, lilting Cajun two steps, gorgeous anthems, and familiar touchstones like the Sussex Mummers Carol and Lord of the Dance, this will be a Christmas Revels to remember.

The Boston Merry Christmas Caroling Mob

Date: Dec. 23, 2013 at 4 p.m.

Green Street MBTA Station
S.W. Corridor Park
Boston, MA 02130

Organized by Joel Sindelar in Jamaica Plain, the Boston Caroling Mob is an open invitation to singers from all over Boston, to gather together in Jamaica Plain and sing carols door-to-door, choro-a-mano. Free and open to merry singers of all ages, abilities, races, orientations, denominations, etc.

The Caroling Mob usually numbers more than 100 singers and lasts about 2 hours, starting at 4pm on the Sunday before Christmas Eve. We meet at a stop on the MBTA’s Orange Line; if it rains, we sing on the T; if it’s clear or snowing, we walk through the neighborhood ringing doorbells.

More Caroling Events

Please share any additional opportunities for caroling with us and we will help spread the joy!

‘Tis the Season!

Caroling in Boston

Walden Pond: A great day trip from Boston

Take a break from the grind

Grab a lunch and venture just a quick 20 minutes from Boston to historic and beautiful Walden Pond in Concord, Mass.

Walden Pond is nestled protectively in the Walden Pond State Reservation, a 335-acre state park and recreation site managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau made Walden Pond famous in his book, Walden; or, Life in the Woods. Thoreau lived in a cabin on the shores

Walden Pond Thoreau Cabin
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of the pond for two years which gave him the inspiration for the book.

Due to Thoreau’s relationship with the location, the reservation was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962.

Just north of the pond you will find a series of granite posts which mark the location where Thoreau’s’ cabin once stood.

To Do at Walden Pond

In addition to being a popular swimming destination in the summer, Walden Pond State Reservation provides opportunities for boating, , hiking, picnicking, and fishing.

The fall provides great opportunities for Leaf Peeping too!

So grab your hiking shoes, a fishing pole, a friend and head out for a relaxing day by the shores of the pristine Walden Pond.

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Are you planning on visiting Boston or having friends come into town? Don’t forget about short-term apartment rentals as a great alternative to traditional hotels. For comparable prices you can stay in several Boston historic neighborhoods and have all the conveniences of home. Call Maverick Empire today for availability. 877-795-4387

The New England Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Memorial: Free and Always Open

Please take the time to pay your respects at The New England Holocaust Memorial.

It is a beautifully designed outdoor structure that is always open and available to the public. It is also easily accessible in Carmen Park on Congress Street near Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market.

You can embark on a self-guided tour or schedule a guided tour.

What was the Holocaust?

The Holocaust was the systematic persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.

“Holocaust” is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.”

The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were “racially superior” and that the Jews, deemed “inferior,” were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community. Read more.

Creation of the Holocaust Memorial

The vision for the Memorial began with Holocaust survivor, Stephan Ross, and other Boston area survivors of Nazi concentration camps. Eventually, they received support and sponsorship from more than 3,000 individuals and organizations.

The Holocaust Memorial Design holocaust-memorial-tower

According to the website:
The Memorial is designed around six luminous glass towers, each reaching 54 feet high, and each lit internally from top to bottom. The number six has many meanings here: the millions of Jews killed in the Holocaust; the names of the six main death camps; a row of memorial candles; and the six years, 1939-1945, during which the infamous “Final Solution,” the most deadly phase of the Holocaust, took place. In addition, millions of numbers are etched in the glass, representing the infamous tattoos inflected on many of the victims’ arms. Read more.

Please visit the New England Holocaust Memorial Website for more information. Click here to donate.

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If you are planning a trip to Boston to tour The Holocaust Museum and all the rich history that Boston has to offer, consider staying in a short-term apartment rental rather than a hotel. You can experience one of Boston’s historic neighborhoods like a local and have all the conveniences of home in one of our gorgeous apartments. We have several locations spread out throughout the city to choose from. Give us a call today and start planning your next trip to historic Boston.

Fall Events in Boston

Things to do in Boston this Fall

Ahhhhh, Fall! The air is a bit cooler, the trees are turning, pumpkin spice is in the air. If you haven’t experienced a New England Autumn, now is a great time to check out our list of Fall Events in Boston and start planning!

Enjoy New England’s Beautiful Fall Foliageboston skyline from boat outdoors

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower” ~ Albert Camus

There are several ways to enjoy the exploding Fall colors of the New England coast.
  • Cruise the Charles River.Take a- one hour tour of Boston’s historic skyline, breath in the fall air and soak up the beautiful foliage along the Charles River.
  • Rent a bike. Urban AdvenTours provides an eco-friendly way to tour the city. Daily rates include a bike, helmet, lock, and maps.
  • Walking Tours. There are many, many historic walking tours in Boston. Check ’em out.

Related: Looking for great accommodations in Boston? Check out unique and affordable short-term apartment rentals. Enjoy the city like a local with all the conveniences of home. There are several locations in many of Boston’s historic neighborhoods.

Visit Salem, MA In October

Halloween is the main attraction of all Fall Events and what better place to spend it than “spooky” Salem? The town comes to life in Fall with dozens of haunted amusements that range from entertaining to historical. The Salem Witch Museum is both entertaining and educational.

The House of Seven Gables is also an amazing tour and experience. The site is its own Fall Events Bostonnational historic district on The National Register of Historic places. Professional guides will warmly greet you for an unforgettable historical experience. Outside, spectacular seaside gardens await. Inside of The House of the Seven Gables, also known as the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, you will discover a mysterious secret staircase where you least expect it! Built in 1668, this is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England.

Brewery ToursBoston Pub Crawl

Grab some friends and experience the rich history of Boston in an entirely new way.  Spend the day with Boston Brew Tours and sample your way through the city. You will discover craft breweries, artisan beers and delicious food!

Not up for an organized tour? Plan your own Pub Crawl.

Harpoon Octoberfest

Harpoon Brewery
306 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

Berklee Beantown Jazz FestivalFall Events Boston Jazz Fest

September 24, 2016 on Columbus Avenue

Also known as “Boston’s biggest block party,” the Beantown Jazz Festival is a free outdoor concert that welcomes music lovers of all ages.

Expect fun activities for adults and kids of all ages, like the quirky “instrument petting zoo.”

Opening Our Doors – Fenway Festfenway park boston outdoors

October 10, 2016 in the Fenway Neighborhood

This amazing FREE artistic event gathers the best arts and culture of the Fenway neighborhood all into one place.  Enjoy gallery talks, free admission to art museums, art-making events, dance performances, walking tours, food trucks, and much much more.

Boston Book FestivalFall Events Boston Book Fest

October 15, 2016 at Copley Square

Enjoy an entire day of FREE lectures, presentations, performances, and discussions all about writing and reading books.

Plus, get books signed by participating authors at the book fair.

Head of the Charles Regatta

October 22-23, 2016 on the Charles River 

This event is FREE, however select viewing sites may charge admission fees.

The Head of the Charles Regatta is the biggest rowing event in New England,and brings people from all over the region to watch the most talented rowers compete for the big prize.

The 21st Annual Boston Veg Food FestFall Events Boston Veg Fest

October 22 – 23, 2016 at the Reggie Lewis Athletic Center
1350 Tremont Street

This FREE Festival brings together an amazing array of vegetarian natural food providers, top national speakers and chefs, and educational exhibitors in a fun and welcoming environment. It is a chance to talk directly to food producers, learn the newest items in the marketplace, taste free food samples, shop at show special discounts, or simply learn what vegetarian foods are available and where you can find them!

Fall Events in Boston: So much to do!

There are so many awesome things to do this Fall in and around Boston that we can’t possibly list them all. Do you have a favorite event you are going to? We want to hear about it. Tell us!

School Trips in Boston

School Trips to Boston

The school year is just around the corner and parents and teachers alike are bracing themselves for another round of class projects, homework, team sports, and of course, school trips.

Boston, the capital of Massachusetts, is one of the oldest cities in the U.S and the location of events during the American Revolution. It is such an amazing town for school trips and Home School experiences you are sure to find something to please every age group. Check ’em out!

Historical School Trips

Skywalk Observatory

The Skywalk Observatory is on the 50th floor of the Prudentialskywalk observatory back bay Tower, in the heart of the city. With 360-degree views, school groups can see the Boston Harbor Islands, Logan Airport, Fenway Park, Copley Square, Boston Common, Cambridge and the Charles River. Check out this lesson plan to make the experience  both about history and geography as well as a day of fun for students.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.

Join Samuel Adams and the Sons and Daughters of Liberty as they protest the King’s unjust taxes. Students will get to play an active role in a riveting reenactment of the historic events that led to the Boston Tea Party.

John Adams Court House

Visit the hThe Freedom Trail tour guide in costumeistoric John Adams Courthouse, the headquarters of the Massachusetts judicial branch. It houses the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and the Social Law Library. The John Adams Courthouse provides free educational opportunities for educators and youth group leaders, including group tours, historical theater performances, and observations of the court sessions.

American Textile History Museum (ATHM)

Explore America’s story through the art, history, and science of textiles . ATHM holds the world’s largest collection of tools, spinning wheels, hand looms, and early production machines, as well as more than five million piece of textile prints, fabric samples, and much more.

Black Heritage Trail

On the Black Heritage Trail® students will have the opportunity to learn about the remarkable men and women who, together with their allies, were leaders in the Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and the early struggle for equal rights and education.

Freedom Trail Foundation

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile, red-lined route that leads to 16 historically significant sites, each of which is an authentic treasure. On the trails, students will explore museums and meetinghouses, churches, and burying grounds.

Recreation School Trips

Rock Climbing

Rock Spot Climbing offers a climate-controlled safe environment where students can explore the sport. All gear and instructors are provided.

Swan Boats

You’ll have to schedule this in September or wait until the Spring, but this is a great way to enjoy Boston Outdoors.

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Charles River Boat Company

Spend an hour cruising the scenic Charles River and see Boston from the water like Beacon Hill, Esplanade Park, Back, Bay, Harvard, BU, and MIT.

Boston CommonBoston Common

The Common was designated as a Boston Landmark in 1977 and declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1987. It is part of the Emerald Necklace of parks and parkways that extend throughout the Boston area. A stroll through the park will provide history (stop at the welcome center), entertainment, exercise, and fun.

Museum School Trips

There are so many Boston Museums we aren’t sure if you will find another city with as many museums per square mile as this one. Click here for a details and descriptions of 9 of the most popular museums for students and adults alike!

Staying in Boston

Short term apartment rentalIf you are planning a school trip to enjoy the rich history and educational experiences that Boston has to offer, consider staying in a short-term apartment rental rather than a hotel. This is particularly perfect for a small home school group or family. You can experience one of Boston’s historic neighborhoods like a local and have all the conveniences of home in one of our gorgeous apartments. We have several locations spread out throughout the city to choose from. Give us a call today and start planning your next trip to historic Boston.

Boston Labor Day Events

With the last whispers of summer trailing off on hot breezes, Labor Day comes slipping into Boston with cooler weather, bringing some truly amazing events that you are not going to want miss. Get out your calendar and start planning!

Staying in Boston for Labor Day

If you are having a hard time finding hotels on this busy weekend, check out short-term apartment rental options. With locations in all the popular Boston neighborhoods you won’t be far from where the action is.

Labor Day Weekend Events in Boston (September 3-5, 2016)

Hint: See the list below for 1/2 off tickets for Labor Day events.

Labor Day Fireworks over Boston HarborLabor Day fireworks

The show begins at 9pm on Saturday, September 3rd (to be confirmed). Experience this popular event that celebrates Labor Day and kicks of the beginning of Fall. Fireworks are launched from barges anchored off the North End and Seaport and will light up Boston Harbor.

The best viewing locations can be found:

  • Christopher Columbus Park
  • Long Wharf in the North End,
  • The South Boston Waterfront (especially around Fan Pier/Seaport)
  • The Downtown Waterfront
  • Piers Park in East Boston

Deutsche Bank Championship New England PGA Tour 2016Labor day Golf tournament

PGA Tour golfers compete for an $8.5 million purse in the Deutsche Bank Championship to benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation and New England-area charities. The tournament is located in Norton, just south of Boston.

Labor Day ShoppingFaneuil Hall sign

The retail industry in the entire country uses Labor Day as a reason to have sales, and Boston’s shopping district is no exception. Deep discounts on already low prices can be found at the outlet stores at Assembly Row or Wrentham Village.

Also, don’t forget to check out Faneuil Hall Marketplace and Prudential Center.

Labor Day Weekend at The USS Constitution Museum

Discover the USS Constitution at the special Labor’s Day Weekend “Fun and Games at Sea” family event at the USS Constitution Museum in the Charlestown Navy Yard. There will be lots of hands-on activities for the entire family.  September 3-5, 9am-6pm.

Please note:  The USS Constitution is dry-docked for repairs, so free tours include only the ship’s top deck at this time.  Although the ship is usually closed on Mondays, it will be open for tours on Labor Day this year.

Boston Cruises and Tours for Labor Day Weekend

  • Boston Harbor 3-hour Dinner Cruise aboard the Odyssey – Enjoy a gourmet meal, dancing, and a romantic evening under the stars.
  • Boston Wine Tasting and Walking Tour – Sip wine at top restaurants on this walking tour around one of Boston’s historic neighborhoods.
  • Boston Harbor 2-hour Dinner Cruise aboard the Spirit of Boston – Enjoy a buffet meal, live DJ and dance party, and sightseeing along the Boston skyline.
  • Day Trip to Martha’s Vineyard – A 35-minute ride to the island, and then either explore on your own or choose the optional mini-coach tour of the island.

Half off tickets for Labor Day Weekend

This is a big holiday weekend and many events have discount tickets, so plan ahead and pre-purchase your tickets to save money. Here is a list of things you might want to take advantage of, but don’t wait until September:

Faneuil Hall: Everything you need to know

Faneuil Hall: A Brief History

Faneuil Hall started out as one building, in the style of an English country market, with the purpose of creating a place to gather and meet and discuss policies and politics.

It was dubbed “The Cradle of Liberty” in a speech given in 1890, by Julius Caesar Faneuil Hall outsideChappelle, one of the first black Republican legislators of Boston. The nickname stuck.

It is now part of a larger festival marketplace that includes three buildings: North Market, Quincy Market, and South Market. The trio make up an indoor/outdoor mall with numerous places to eat, shop, and see live entertainment.

The original building was built in 1740 near the waterfront in Dock Square. It took two years to build and was funded by its namesake, Peter Faneui, who was a merchant at the time. It is said that some of the money for the construction came from slave trading. Faneuil Hall was built by artist John Smibert as a marketing house with an open ground floor and an assembly room above.

Faneuil Hall burned down just 20 years later in 1761 and was rebuilt the next year, funded by the city of Boston.

The hall underwent and expansion in 1806 which included:

  • Doubling its height and adding a 3rd floor
  • Adding 4 new bays
  • Enclosed the open arcades
  • Moving the cupola to the other end of the building
  • Adding galleries around the assembly hall

Quincy Market was constructed nearby in 1824-26. And so as to not repeat the fire disaster of 1761, Faneuil Hall was entirely rebuilt of noncombustible materials  in 1898–1899.Faneuil Hall quincy market

Recent History of Faneuil Hall

Not surprising, Faneuil Hall was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and a few years later was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Finally, in 1994 the Boston Landmark Commission designated it as a Boston Landmark. It is also one of the stops on the Boston Freedom Trail.

Faneuil Hall TodayFaneuil Hall Marketplace

Today, the mixed-used Festival Marketplace has over 70 retailers, including shops unique only to Boston. There are also 40 businesses with office space in the marketplace.

You can also find restaurants and pubs and enjoy the Quincy Market Colonnade.Faneuil Hall inside

World-renowned street performers can be found entertaining up and down the cobblestone promenades with lively music and entertaining routines found no where else in the world.

You might also catch a school group, orchestra, church choir, or a’cappella group performing here.

Fun Facts and Historical Events for Faneuil Hall

  • Boston locals often use the name “Faneuil Hall” or “Fanueil” to refer to the entire neighborhood surrounding the building.
  • The grasshopper weather vane on top of the hall is a well known symbol of Boston.
  • According to Sean Hennessey, a National Park Service spokesman, some of Boston’s early slave auctions were located near Faneuil Hall.
  • During the British occupation of Boston in 1775 it was used for a theater.
  • Faneuil Hall includes many paintings and sculpture busts of Revolutionary War activists, pre Civil War abolitionists, and political leaders.
  • In 2008, Faneuil Hall was rated number 4 in America’s 25 Most Visited Tourist Sites by Forbes Travel Guide.
  • The Headquarters of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts has been in Faneuil Hall since 1746, currently on the 4th floor.
  • In 1979, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy gave a speech here declaring his candidacy for president. In 2004, Senator John Kerry also delivered his concession speech here.
  • The Hall is still used for political debates between Massachusetts candidates.
  • It has hosted the political show The O’Reilly Factor.

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If you are planning a trip to enjoy Faneuil Hall and the Festival Marketplace to do some shopping, eating and sightseeing, consider staying in a short-term apartment rental rather than a hotel. You can experience one of Boston’s most famous historical building like a local and have all the conveniences of home in one of our gorgeous apartments. We have several locations spread out throughout the city to choose from. Give us a call today and start planning your next trip to historic Boston.

What Exactly is The Boston Common?

Boston Common, often shortened to just “The Common” (don’t add an “s”, that would be incorrect) is a sprawling 50-acre park in the city of Boston that has changed significantly over the decades. The Common has been witness to many, many historic events and the changing landscape of Boston, and was not always an idyllic and peaceful park. Check out all the features it has today and the list of things it was used for in the past.

Location: The Boston Common is boarded by Tremont Street, Park Street, Beacon Street, Charles Street, and Boylston Street.

The Boston Common is the oldest city park in the United States

The Common was designated as a Boston Landmark in 1977 and declared a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1987. It is part of the Emerald Necklace of parks and parkways that extend throughout the Boston area.

The Common’s Current Attractions

Today, the park is a bustling, beautiful outdoor area for the publicthe common frog pond to enjoy. Here is a list of some of the main attractions:

  • Visitor Center. Located on the Tremont Street side of the park.
  • Frog Pond. A public ice-skating rink in winter and a spray pool for children in the summer. The pond is located in the northern part of The Common.The common statue of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw
  • Ball Fields. People gather to play all sorts of sports included baseball, cricket, softball, rugby, soccer, and special events.
  • Tadpole Playground. A Children’s play area next to Frog Pond.
  • Sculptures  & Memorials. Several can be found throughout the park included the most famous one which depicts Colonel Robert Gould Shaw on a horse leading the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, the first all-volunteer black regiment in the Union army.

The Boston Common’s Checkered Past

Before it became something as peaceful as a public park it was used for many types of things, some of them not so pleasant.

  • It was once owned by the the first European settler of Boston, William Blaxton.
  • Blaxton sold it to Puritan founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
  •  During the 1630s it was used to graze cows until they were formally banned by Mayor Harrison Gray Otis.
  • The Common was used as a camp by the British before the American Revolutionary War.
  • American leaders George Washington, John Adams and General Lafayette celebrate the nation’s independence here.
  • The Great Elm stood in center of The Common and was used for public hangings until it was replaced with a gallows in 1769. It then became a symbol of the park and progress until it was destroyed in a storm in 1876. A plaque commemorates the location of the elm.
  • On May 19, 1713, two hundred citizens rioted on The Common in reaction to a food shortage in the city.
  • In the early days (1830s or so) the Charles Street side were used as an unofficial dumping ground which drove potential visitors away with the smell. Eventually, in the summer of 1895,  this area was filled in with soil dug to create the Tremont Street Subway.
  • In the The 1860s it hosted Civil War recruitment and anti-slavery meetings.
  • The Oneida Football Monument memorializes the Common as the site of the first organized football games in the United States in 1862.
  • More recently, the Common was the site of two protests against the Vietnam War. One in 1965, attended by 100 people, and the 2nd in 1969 with 100,000 protestors.
  • Both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pope John Paul II have given speeches in the park.

Sometimes you can walk right by a tree or a pond or a building and have no idea what it has seen and what it could tell you if it could talk.

 Staying in Boston

Short term apartment rentalIf you are planning a trip to enjoy the Boston Common and all the rich history that Boston has to offer, consider staying in a short-term apartment rental rather than a hotel. You can experience one of Boston’s historic neighborhoods like a local and have all the conveniences of home in one of our gorgeous apartments. We have several locations spread out throughout the city to choose from. Give us a call today and start planning your next trip to historic Boston.