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“Iconic Riverfront Park in Boston With Amenities for All”

Charles River Esplanade
Ranked #23 of 361 things to do in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A popular path for walkers, joggers, bladers and bicyclists, the Esplanade is also home to the Hatch Shell, where the Boston Pops holds its annual summer concerts.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

I love the Esplanade! It's been the closest park to where I live for over 10 years and has something for everyone. It boasts the best running trails in the city with a route for any ability, fantastic river amenities like kayaking and sailing and stand up paddleboarding, plus the Hatch Shell music venue for the Boston Pops and Landmarks Orchestra or movie nights in the summer. The park also has gorgeous horticulture maintained by the Esplanade Association, Boston's most impressive tree canopy, and scores of family-friendly events and activities from 5Ks to free fitness classes to park tours and fishing activities. Plus, the Teddy Ebersol's Red Sox Fields are the best-maintained fields in the city for recreational sports. Also, the Esplanade Association has started doing art murals and there was a great one in the park during my visit just west of the Massachusetts Avenue bridge. Super convenient to visit the Esplanade when visiting MIT, Boston University, or MGH.

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Reviewed 26 June 2018

This is a tricky spot to visit. No parking and it is off the beaten path for tourists. You have to cross Storrow Drive using one of 3 walkways. There is the Esplanade which is a quick view. A statue of Arthur Fiedler. A little park. If you walk along the water (to get to the basin) the views are really cool. There is a bike path/jogging path. The views of MIT, the Charles River and Longfellow Bridge are pretty cool. There are benches along the way to sit and rest. There is a place to rent a sailboat.
A nice break from the histoery of downtown.

Thank Vincent S
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Reviewed 26 June 2018

I used to go walking or rollerblading down the Charles from BU to the Science museum. It was a great way to end my week. More recently we went to see the dragon boat races.

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Reviewed 19 June 2018

From the Liberty Hotel we walked to the Charles River Eplanade. The walk was a little more convoluted than normal because there is some sort of construction going on; maybe a new pedestrian bridge was being made. The Longfellow Bridge also appeared to have something going on and one of the spans underneath it was closed.

Once on the ground, we could not get close to the water as the Sailing Club had quite a bit of the waterside fenced off. If we kept walking we could have gotten next to the water but it was a hot day and we had just wanted a short walk.

Thank KarenB_California
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Reviewed 15 June 2018 via mobile

Lovely area to walk along. Lots of nice views of the river and city skyline. There is also some quays which have fabulous chairs to sit and enjoy the views.

Thank MrMrsHappyR
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