Do: Picnic in Boston Common Boston Common is the country's oldest public park, and has served as everything from a military camp to a cow pasture to a meeting spot for protest marches. Since 1640, when the town was just ten years old and the Boston Common property officially became public, numerous statues and monuments have been erected on the site. Stroll through the gardens before stopping by the Frog Pond for a picnic (and you can throw your leftovers to the ducks!).
Stay: The Ritz-Carlton Boston Common Less than a block from Boston Common, the Boston Ritz-Carlton is refreshingly intimate with spacious, luxurious standard rooms and access (for a fee) to one of the city's best gyms, with its own spa, salon, and pool.