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Boston Common Visitor Center

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Address: 139 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02135-2417
Phone Number: +1 617-426-3115
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Official Visitor Information Center located on the Boston Common and the...

Official Visitor Information Center located on the Boston Common and the start of the Freedom Trail. Provides Greater Boston information, souvenirs, ticketing for trolleys, duck tours and walking tours. Open 8:30-5:00 Monday - Friday and 9:00-5:00 Saturday and Sunday.

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Small but a great place to start

We parked in the Boston Commons below ground parking garage. Good spot if you do not know the town. Easy to get to and get back on Interstates. Take your parking stub with you as... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 September 2016
Charlestontourist58
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Yardville, New Jersey
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We went here to book a 90min walking tour of the Freedom Trail. Staff were friendly, and the tour guide was great! Definitely recommend for 1st timers to the city like us.

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We parked in the lot below Boston Common and easily walked here. There are both men's and women's restrooms which were clean. You can buy Boston souvenirs as well as get maps and purchase tickets for tours. It's a very small, bustling building of activity.

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Yardville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We parked in the Boston Commons below ground parking garage. Good spot if you do not know the town. Easy to get to and get back on Interstates. Take your parking stub with you as you need it to pay in kiosk before you come back down. BE SURE you know which tiny elevator building you come out of. At... More 

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Believe it or not the people behind the counter set the tone and image for your visit to a beautiful city. First time visitors to Boston and our visit around 1030 on Labor Day was a huge disappointment. It seem as though the employees were annoyed by guest to their city. As I watched I could not believe the sarcasm... More 

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Spring City, TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This was one of the first places we visited upon arrival to Boston for the first time. One of the visitor center helpers noticed us browsing and questioned us about our visit. He was extremely helpful and friendly. He recommended some places and attractions in the immediate area for us to observe. This gentleman gave us maps, described the subway... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

This is a great place to start your Boston touring - Freedom Trail tours start from the center, and they are great. I absolutely love the statues there showing the Boston values in the the areas of education, science and industry - incredible artistic symbolism. I would suggest you might want to "really" start your tour at the Skywalk Observatory... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

This is a good place to start your tour of the Freedom Trail. There are tours to pick from or just maps to buy. They also have some gifts to buy, It's pretty small and can get crowded on busy days.

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North Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

This staff at the information center was very nice and knowledgeable of the park activities, prices, and hours. We left very happy. What a great park.

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Lake Jackson, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016

Absolutely WELL worth the time and price. So much history and so very-well played by the historically dressed young lady who took us on this 2 mile trip. Easy walk. Would do it again. It was a very cold day, but beautiful. Visit was 2014 not 2015.

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South Bend, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2015

Very helpful info here for free. Maps were a great help as we were on our first visit of The Freedom Trail.

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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
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