Boston Common is the starting-point of the Freedom Trail, a popular route linking many of Boston's historical sites. It is a 50-acre park which lies between downtown Boston and the Black Bay area. This is the oldest public park in the United States, municipal property since 1634, and throughout its history the home of free speech and free assembly. In the park are monuments commemorating the War of Independence and the Civil War.
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Frog Pond at Boston Common
Frog Pond is located at Boston Common, the oldest public park in the US. Visitors can skate on Frog Pond from November through mid-March or enjoy the tranquil reflecting pool in spring and fall. During July and August, the pond becomes a wading pool for young children.
Adjoining Boston Common, on the west side of Charles Street, is the24-acre Public Garden (opened 1859), with a large artificial lake (boating; skating in winter). It contains Victorian-style monuments and statues, including an equestrian statue of George Washington (1869) near Arlington Street.A ride in the famous swan boats, first launched in the 1870's, is a popular pastime in the Gardens.
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