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Charles River Esplanade

Address: Storrow Drive, Boston, MA 02114
Phone Number: 617-635-4505
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Ranked #30 of 220 Activities in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Jogging Paths/ Tracks, Spas & Wellness, Traveler Resources, Nature & Parks
Activities: Walking, Jogging, Inline skating, Biking
Owner description: A popular path for walkers, joggers, bladers and bicyclists, the Esplanade is also home to the...
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Type: Jogging Paths/ Tracks, Spas & Wellness, Traveler Resources, Nature & Parks
Activities: Walking, Jogging, Inline skating, Biking
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.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This a nice quiet place to run in Boston It has a continuous walkway with pedestrian bridges connecting it back to c Charles st on one end, and beacon st on the other. Could be too dark and quiet for some at night but that's a benefit for the others who don't mind it in having less people around

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I have seen several different shows there. Especially the summer time it is very fun to be there with your family and friends!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This is a popular place to run for locals! It also makes a great walk and view the Charles River. You will see many active Bostonians and many dog walkers. Great for families too because there are many cool little playgrounds along the way!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

despite the highway being right there it's just amazing to be close to the water, see all the boats going out, concerts, free movies - great for families

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Even though it was freezing, we enjoyed the walk along the riverbank. I am sure in better weather we would have lingered longer.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I highly recommend going there for the festivities. the music, food vendors, people watching, you cannot go wrong. Its an experience you will not soon forget. lets hope the weather holds out and doesnt rain us out like the past few years!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

I really recommend this. I had never done it in my life and it was one of the most fun experiences of my six weeks stay in Boston. I went there with a friend and it was awesome. The view is breathtaking!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This is a great place to go for a run, stroll, bike, picnic, or just people watch. Alongside the Charles river, where you can rent kayaks or sailboats to use when the weather is warm. Definitely a place to see while visiting Boston. However, I would not go to the esplanade after sunset/dark as the place can get a bit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I used the Esplanade as the destination and main part of my runs from Allston, Brookline, and the North End. Really a classic city river park, probably we Bostonians overrate it, but the Charles is broad, full of sailboats and duck boats when it's not winter, you can see the MIT dome, the old Beacon St. mansions, the Longfellow bridges.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I live on Beacon Hill and go to the Esplanade almost everyday to run. It's a great place for runners because you don't have to worry about cars or stopping at crosswalks at all. If you do a loop, you can get in a 8+mile run. It's also a great place just to walk. There are so many spots to... More 

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