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Charles River Esplanade

Storrow Drive, Boston, MA 02114
617-635-4505
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Ranked #24 of 212 Attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks, Jogging Paths/ Tracks
Activities: Walking, Biking, Inline skating, Jogging
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... more » 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. « less
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Take a book or magazine with you and sit on the Adirondack chairs on the nearby dock. Watch the sailing schools as they try not to flip their boats, but it is funny when they do flip their boats. Great photo op with the city on the other side of the Charles

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

While travelling through Boston recently, I got my fold up bike out and cycled along the partially closed esplanade along both sides of the Charles River. What a fabulous view of the city.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is my favorite place to run in Boston. You can do a loop to the Longfellow Bridge, down the MIT side, across the Mass Ave Bride, and back to where you started in about an hour. It's a nice place to go for a stroll or read. There's often sailboats or rowboats on the river. It's probably not worth... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

You can just relax on a blanket in the sub by the water or jog, run, bike, rollerblade, or just sightsee! Free and beautiful! Right off T stop MGH go over footbridge.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The Esplanade is not just a one season place, it is a around the year place. In the summer there are concerts in the shell and on the Fourth of July the Boston Pops play live from the shell. It is great to run, walk, or bike. Regardless of the time of day there will always be something to see.... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

6 day vacation and our hotel was located right off Bolyston in the Back Bay/Copley Square. We were just 3 short walking blocks to the Charles river where we were able enjoy a daily morning jog. Beautiful place to run along the river with all kinds of distances you could run

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

fun and free dancing event every Thursday from 7-9 in August. free Friday night flicks showing family movies and free music performances every Wednesday in summer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Lovely place to take a walk. Did anyone mention that you can dive into the lake(?) right by the esplanade? its a nice experience! if i knew i would have brought a change of clothes! otherwise its nice to just dip your legs into the lake!

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Regardless of the season, you have to visit the Esplanade. If in summer, try to attend the concerts in the shell at sunset. If not, this is great for a stroll or a bike ride any time of the day.

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Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Enjoyed a couple of hours walking along the river and people watching. Great place to escape from some of the hustle of the city.

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