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Beacon Hill, Boston Common, and the Old West End

Timing and Safety

Beacon Hill can be easily explored in an afternoon; add an extra few hours if you wish to linger on the Common and in the shops on Charles Street or tour the Black Heritage Trail. For the most part, the Old West End can be covered in a few hours. Extend your visit to a full day to take in the Museum of Science and an IMAX movie, check out the Sports Museum, and catch a game at the Garden.

At night, stay in well-lighted areas and avoid remote corners of the Common. Also be cautious walking late at night on Causeway Street—on nongame nights this area can be a bit deserted.

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