The first/oldest public park in the country, the Common is pretty much the great granddad of ALL urban American green spaces. (You’re welcome, other cities.) Spanning 50 acres, the 381-year-old park still provides relief from the proverbial concrete jungle via shady trees, rolling hills, grassy meadows, playgrounds, fields, and tennis courts. And it keeps things real 24-7/365 with “swimming” and ice skating at the Frog Pond, as well as a ton of festivals and events, like Shakespeare on the Common. Major points of interest include the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial, historic Central Burying Ground, and Brewer Fountain. Fun fact: the Oneida Football Monument (in the middle of the park) commemorates the site of the first organized football games in America, circa 1862. (Again, you’re welcome.)
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