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Charles River Esplanade

Address: Storrow Drive, Boston, MA 02114
Phone Number: 617-635-4505
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Ranked #19 of 195 Attractions in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Jogging Paths/ Tracks, Parks, Outdoors
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, Parks, Outdoors
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I love this place for a free concert or 4th of July festivities! It's a great place for a picnic or exercising on a nice day. I rollerskate up and down the trail and the groundskeepers make sure the pathways are clear for everyone!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

An attractive riverside walk - we enjoyed the colours on a bright fall day. Very popular with joggers but plenty of room for leisurely walkers too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Recently enjoyed the Charles River Esplanade. Walked over the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge to access the area. Scenic views of MIT, Cambridge, the Charles River and the Boston skyline. Lots of people walking, jogging, and kids playing at the playground. A nice flat pathway for all. I enjoyed a few moments on an Adirondack chair, admired the Charles and contemplated the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We pulled this spot into a running route, in conjunction with the Freedom Trail. Lovely spot, clean, tidy and save. Great spot for a run.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Wonderful location for a picnic or to view the Boston fireworks on the 4th of July! Opportunities are always around for performances here, and photo bugs will love the chance to snap a skyline picture from the panoramic view from the Esplanade.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

One of my most favorite places in the world to go running. Sunrise, sunset or any time during the day, the Esplanade is an absolutely wonderful route with beautiful views of the Boston & Cambridge skyline. Every season along the Esplanade offers something wonderful, freshly fallen snow, budding blossoms of springtime, summer picnics or rustling autumn leaves blowing underfoot .... More 

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