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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.
Storrow Drive, Boston, MA 02114
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+1 617-635-4505
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is located on the banks of the Charles River. Cambridge and MIT are across the River, as well as the Museum of Science. The 4th of July Concert is home to over 1 million people who visit for the music and Fireworks to Follow....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank HuskyRed
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did not have the pleasure of listening to a concert here but much enjoyed my visit to the riverside. There's a floating quay pretty adjacent and deck chairs are available. It provides a nice opportunity to sit, relax and to let the cares of...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank William, Lucy S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Despite the freezing weather, the esplanade was delightful. You can walk a loop along the Boston and Cambridge sides, connecting with the 2 bridges (Harvard bridge, next to MIT, and Longfellow bridge). Beautiful views. I've enjoyed sunrises and sunsets from the esplanade, and never failed...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Escaper738
Reviewed January 16, 2019

Nice walk along this esplanade, have to be careful of the other users of it to, but nice to see the wildlife in the river

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank nicolacowan87
Reviewed January 15, 2019

The Esplanade comes alive in the spring, summer and fall with free concerts for families and couples, and the Fourth of July fireworks can easily be seen from this location. Bring your blanket and a picnic basket, and you are in for an old fashioned...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kemurphy
Reviewed January 7, 2019

We live three blocks from the Esplanade and use it to commute. 12 months a year you get a great view of Boston, Cambridge and the Charles while getting some exercise. Take it east into the city and you can make your way to the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RJD858
Reviewed January 5, 2019 via mobile

The Charles River Esplanade is great for running, walking, or just taking it in. Nicely laid out for a various run lengths.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jbb0605
Reviewed December 29, 2018

A lovely walk along the rivers edge. Wide pathway for a stroll and joggers alike. Mind your step though as geese nesting and resting along the way.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BCKC826
Reviewed November 30, 2018

I've spent countless hours walking along the Charles river during the time that I've lived in Boston. For those looking for a relaxing place to talk, clear your mind, or exercise there is no better place than the esplanade - especially during summer months. I...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank bp_beru
Reviewed November 8, 2018

Nice view of the river, crowded if there is an event (mostly summer like July 4). Not certain about after dark security, ask around in advance unless you are with a group. The same goes for all along the river - it’s by no means...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Wina C
June 29, 2016|
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Response from benthere | Reviewed this property |
The prime seating area in front of the stage is open and there is no cover from the sun. There are trees around the perimeter and towards the back of the performance area. You would be sacrificing view for comfort, but I... More
Mani T
March 28, 2016|
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Response from jmcjaw2 | Reviewed this property |
Bostonians take the Fourth of July serious and have been known to show up as early as 4:00 a.m. since they banned overnight camping. I believe the City now attempts to regulate this at 6:00 a.m. There is limited space and... More
Jennifer-ann V
June 30, 2015|
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Response from Muralto60 | Reviewed this property |
I cannot give a specific answer because this is a very subjective question, which depends on what criteria are important for selecting the "best" spot. Typically the events at the hatch shell are extremely popular, drawing... More