The Freedom Trail starts here! Visit this once-idyllic park surrounded by ancient architectural prewar mansions and the remains of the State House, but be warned; there are numerous signs recommending you stay away from the pond at the park’s west end.Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide

Boston Common (also known as "the Common" and sometimes erroneously referred to as the "Boston Commons") is a location and a central public park in downtown Boston in the Commonwealth in 2287.


Boston Common consists of a large and open, irradiated area. The common contains other locations such as the Massachusetts State House to the north, Swan's Pond on the western side complete with pre-War swan boats. In addition, the Boylston Club can be found on the outskirts through the red door in the southern row of buildings, the Prost bar, a basement bar on the north corner of the western row of buildings, and Park Street station, on the northeasternmost corner. A plaque reads:

Established in 1634, Boston Common started as a communal grazing ground for cattle until it was made a public park (the oldest in the country). In the year before the Revolutionary War, a thousand Redcoats camped on the Common. The Redcoat brigades that marched on Lexington and Concord departed this very ground.

The Freedom Trail also begins at Boston Common. There is a friendly Protectron named tour bot located on the eastern side of the common next to the fountain. In front of the fountain, there is a sign and a seal.

The sign reads, "At Journey's End Follow Freedom's Lantern." The seal says "The Freedom Trail. Boston." There appears to be a code. The number 7 is written in the center with red ink, and the letter A in Trail is bracketed. Each of the seals has a number that corresponds to a letter in "railroad" - for example, the seal marked 1 has the "R" marked.

Notable loot

  • Grognak the Barbarian issue #6 - On the ground in the gazebo at the center of the Common next to a skeleton and several radiation barrels.

Related quests


When at this location companions make comments, which are activated just in front of the APC.

Location comments
Character Comment
Cait "We're takin' a big chance walkin' thoughIn-game spelling the Common. Just sayin'."
Codsworth "Ah, the Boston Public Garden. And some of the swan boats are still intact."
Curie "Boston Common. Can we explore?"
Danse "Every map of this area we've recovered has the Common marked with a big red "X." I guess we'll find out why."
Deacon "The Common looks peaceful, but no one sane goes inside."
John Hancock "Hey. This is the Common. You sure you don't just wanna go around?"
Nick Valentine "Lot of my cases dead end in Boston Common. I'd prefer not to join them."
Piper Wright "Blue, we're walking right into Boston Common. People don't come back from here."
Preston Garvey "General, Boston Common has a bad reputation. People just don't come back from here, and nobody knows why."
Robert MacCready "Wait, this the Common. We need to get the hell out of here... unless you like being killed."
X6-88 "I've heard rumors about this place. People come here and are never seen again."


Boston Common appears only in Fallout 4.

Behind the scenes

Boston Common is based on the real world Boston Common, likewise known as "the Common," a central public park in downtown Boston, Massachusetts that serves as the southern end of the Freedom Trail. The real world Parkman Bandstand can also be seen in-game.


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