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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, Jogging, Inline skating, Biking
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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Great place to run in Boston

I used the Esplanade for a long run while visiting Boston. I really enjoyed it, as it allowed me to just keep running instead of having to constantly stop at traffic lights. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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Sacramento, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I used the Esplanade for a long run while visiting Boston. I really enjoyed it, as it allowed me to just keep running instead of having to constantly stop at traffic lights. I also enjoyed watching the crew teams rowing along the river during my run.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The Esplanade is a real gem in the rough. It is a real enrichment to the city but still has substantial potential which should be developed. The recent upgrade of the children's play area with zip line and climbing ladders is to be commended. Cleanliness is sometimes an issue as are the various bikers who speed along the paths. The... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

What a great place to run or walk! Enjoyed it immensely! Great views! Fun playgrounds if you have smaller children.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

On a break from the cold and snow it was a joy to get out for a good long walk along the riverside. Easy to get to from the T line.

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New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I'm a distance runner so I really enjoy long runs by the river here. One warning, it is not so easy to get back across the river, not all bridges are accessible from the esplanade. Check google maps first.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The esplanade is a perfect place for a power walk, a walk and talk or a solo stroll. It is easy to get to from the back bay. The scenery always changes with the seasons and with time of day.

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Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Lovely area to run in the morning and paths were cleared of snow in most places. Nice to link up to Harvard Bridge and cross to MIT & Harvard. Charles River was frozen when i visited but i imagine this area would be really lovely in Spring and Summer too. Traffic noise is the only reason I rate this 4... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Although Boston has been inundated with snow, Boston has cleared the asphalt path along the river so that it was easy to run fast for 4.53 miles roundtrip. I started out from the Boston Sports Club on Bulfinch St down Cambridge St to the River, then along the River on the Boston side, crossing over Harvard Bridge towards MIT and... More 

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Braintree, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I took my wife on a Gondola ride on the Charles River for her Birthday. It was great to enjoy a leisurely boat ride enjoying some good wine and music. Fun to people watch and be watched because you are on a gondola. Romantic and fun way to see the city from the water.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Lovely Charles riverfront park for running, walking or sunbathing. The Boston Symphony gives summer concerts at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. July 4th concert special for all.

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