Boston Common - America's Oldest Park
The oldest public park in America, dating back to 1684, Boston Common echoes 350 years of extraordinary history and continues to play a key role in the Boston community. From Colonial times to present day, this central public park in downtown Boston has witnessed sermons, executions and celebrations, while playing host to famous speeches by George Washington, Pope John Paul II and Martin Luther King Jr. Boston Common is now home to "The Embrace", 20-foot-tall bronze sculpture of arms locked in a hug, memorializing Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. The pose is borrowed from a famous photograph of the couple that was taken when MLK won the Nobel Prize in 1964. Located just minutes from the Seaport Hotel, Boston Common is a popular destination for outdoor recreation, community events, concerts, softball games, and ice skating on Frog Pond.