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Charles River Esplanade

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Address: Storrow Drive, Boston, MA 02114
Phone Number: 617-635-4505
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Activities: Walking, Biking, Inline skating, Jogging
Description: A popular path for walkers, joggers, bladers and bicyclists, the Esplanade...
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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Lovely place for a walk

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our walk along the Charles River Esplanade on a beautiful Spring day in May. Filled with sailboats from the Boating Club, with the city of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Sistersville, West Virginia
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Sistersville, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our walk along the Charles River Esplanade on a beautiful Spring day in May. Filled with sailboats from the Boating Club, with the city of Cambridge in the background, this part of the Charles River is very scenic. We encountered many walkers, joggers, and bikers along the trail and saw families picnicking in the... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Really nice with all the bikers, joggers, and tourists. Worth a stroll, though there is nothing if you are planning on eating...

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Provo, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Mostly, we'd go for the 4th of July concert at the Hatch Shell, but it's very lovely space at all times of the year.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Nice to walk along the river bank, which has been pleasantly landscaped with bridges and fountains. Nice views across to Cambridge.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Great walk along the river, we took our dogs on leashes and had several good walks, not too crowed, easy access, some shade, can watch sailboats and river activity, clean, no trash on the sidewalk and it was wide enough to handle the foot traffic

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Iron River, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Took a walk from one end to the other, what a gorgeous setting! There were kayaks, sailboats and even fishing boats out on the river. Ducks, ducklings, geese and loons swam along the shoreline. There is a Bistro to get refreshments at or listen to music. What a treat!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

There is nothing to dislike about this place - its in city, near river, its photogenic, there are boat clubs, kayaking, cherry blossoms, open stage for live concerts, play areas for kids, birds, otters - esplanade truly is gem(emerald) of Boston

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Very relaxing, beautiful scenery. Not the place to go if you want alone time though as it was packed full of activity and people. Plenty of grass and benches to kick back on. Lovely for a picnic.

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Besides all the beautiful flowers you can go for a ride on the swan boats. This is a visitor must. Lots of statues, ducks and people watching.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I walked here from my hotel in Back Bay. It was April so the trees did not have their leaves yet but it was still beautiful. There were numerous sailboats on the river and a few rowing teams. I ran about three miles but if not for the Boston Marathon being two days away I would have ran more. Nice... More 

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