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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
+1 617-635-4505
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Having lived in Back Bay for 20 years, we cherish this urban oasis to watch the sail boats or people watch or stare at the wildlife/water. Community boating is also a big attraction and great value, day rentals of kayaks are only $45! Cafe with...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The Boston Pops Orchestra plays their annual 4th of July concert at the Esplanade on the 4th. The crowds are very large on the 4th but if you are willing to camp out for most of the day, you will be treated to an amazing...More

Thank MRayTraveler
Reviewed 4 days ago

While exploring the city one early evening we came across this area. It was full of people enjoying the after work sunshine with picnics and drinks, there we even entertainment by a band practicing! Great place to walk around and soak up the atmosphere.

Thank APinkLady
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you like to go for a nice walk, this is one of the best; between Canoe racing, and many sail boats; this is a great view of the city.

Thank Anthony D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of bugs on the gorund, so bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs, get there early on July 3 or 4. Food choices were just fair. And water, bring only unopened bottles of water!!!!

Thank golfkat
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Esplanade is a wonderful place to just hang out on a nice day and watch what's happening on the Charles River Basin. Stroll along the river or just find a bench and watch sailing classes.

Thank Thomas M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love the Esplanade! It's been the closest park to where I live for over 10 years and has something for everyone. It boasts the best running trails in the city with a route for any ability, fantastic river amenities like kayaking and sailing and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a tricky spot to visit. No parking and it is off the beaten path for tourists. You have to cross Storrow Drive using one of 3 walkways. There is the Esplanade which is a quick view. A statue of Arthur Fiedler. A little...More

Thank Vincent S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I used to go walking or rollerblading down the Charles from BU to the Science museum. It was a great way to end my week. More recently we went to see the dragon boat races.

Thank hyddenlynx
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the Liberty Hotel we walked to the Charles River Eplanade. The walk was a little more convoluted than normal because there is some sort of construction going on; maybe a new pedestrian bridge was being made. The Longfellow Bridge also appeared to have something...More

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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