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Charles River Esplanade

Storrow Drive, Boston, MA 02114
617-635-4505
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Ranked #22 of 213 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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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

We walked along the Esplanade. Watch out for the Canadian geese and their poop as you walk. It was so relaxing to watch the sailboats and kayaks on the water. There is a boat club to train children on how to sail which I thought was neat. It is meant for those who are not wealthy enough to finance this... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

this place is magical. with the charles river on your right and the lovely boston skyline on your left you can walk, run, bike, rollerblade or sail in the river.. or simply walk and chill in the grass of the long stretched park.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This used to be my backyard when I lived on Beacon Street. Beautiful place to go for a long walk. You'll get a view of Cambridge across the river.

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Westborough, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I work on Boylston St. and walk over to the Esplanade and the Charles every lunch hour for my daily walk - no matter the weather. There is nothing like it, and it's a short walk from Boston Gardens or Boston Common, across the walking bridge and it's like a different world - quiet, peaceful, beautiful.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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

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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