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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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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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Awesome Walk

Beautiful river walk trail. Lots of people out enjoying it. I'd be there often if I were a local. Great views.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautiful river walk trail. Lots of people out enjoying it. I'd be there often if I were a local. Great views.

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Nevsehir, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This river separe of the Boston city.But you can use river like navigation that address description.

Thank Oğuz Can Ç
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's really a great place to visit and relax. I was with my family and friends walking all over the way with out getting tired It's really lovely place to go

Thank Zohair A
Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Esplanade is a great place to see a concert, go for a walk along the river or just relax during the warmer months.

Thank Nick F
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The esplanade is beautiful all year round =- but get there at sunset and you're in for a treat. Even though its winter, this was a trip worth making in the cold weather and I was rewarded with some spectacular views.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an awesome area to take a run when the weather is nice. They have pathways lining the Charles River. Also, I love sitting on the docks. They fill up quickly, so get there early! And beware of the goose poop on the pathways!!!!!

Thank TA-Hannah
Reading, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love it here! Very beautiful right on the river. You can rent kayaks or go on a gondola ride. The Hatch Shell is unique and cool to see. During the summer, they have free outdoor movie showings on Friday night. It is also the spot where they have the Fourth of July celebration and tons of other free events.

1 Thank laurenna130
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

What a perfectly beautiful place to walk or run. The river itself is peaceful to look at and nice to walk along on the esplanade. I recommend it while in town!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Stroll down by this wide,impressive river or relax on one of the many benches & admire the views.Although a busy freeway runs alongside the embankment it feels very peaceful & calming,a good place to jog or unwind.In December when my husband & I visited it was nice to wrap up warm & stroll,a bracing walk....just us,the ducks & lots of... More 

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

It doesn't matter what time of year it is the Charles River is always a wonderful place to visit. A walk alone the river, taking in a concert, watching a movie, sitting on a bench enjoying the view or having a picnic, the Charles River is a very peaceful place to be. Watching the sail boats and rowers is always... More 

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Visit this historic and ritzy Boston neighborhood to soak up its classic New England charm as you stroll down cobblestoned, gas-lamp lined streets. Bring your walking shoes, camera, and select a nice day to wander through the hilly neighborhood and check out its exclusive addresses. Louisburg Square, Mt. Vernon street, Chestnut street and the extremely narrow and widely photographed Acorn street make a nice walking path. Make sure to meander down Charles street to poke into boutiques and antique shops, cafes, and restaurants on this quaint shopping street. Don’t forget to catch a glimpse up close of the State House with its beautiful and iconic dome.