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Charles River Esplanade

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Address: Storrow Drive, Boston, MA 02114
Phone Number: 617-635-4505

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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Early Morning Run

Great paths along the river for a run or bike ride. Highly recommend visiting for a nice walk, run, or bike ride.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The best place on Earth for the 4th of July other than that there is nothing to do but sunbath in a field. Free Friday Night Flicks in the summer time which is cool for familys, but They should have an event every weekend for family and children to do its such a big open space with nothing to do.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great paths along the river for a run or bike ride. Highly recommend visiting for a nice walk, run, or bike ride.

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Inverness, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were out exploring our neighborhood and came upon this esplanade. Lovely evening walk. When we reached the half shell there was an orchestra playing. Terrific event. Take a chair or a blanket to sit on..but go

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a treat to run along the river, watching the boaters, rowers and paddle boarders. Flat blacktop trail.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a nice place to go with family to spend an afternoon , and don't forget to watch the sunset. If you are in Boston and like to run, its the best place to run enjoying the view and fŕesh air.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of my favorite places in Boston! Easy to get to with great views of Boston and Cambridge. Sailing/Paddle Boarding/Kayaking is available and there are a ton of trails. Catch a concert at Hatch Shell or a morning run. Great place for photo ops!

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are traveling with kids, and are looking for a playground, look no further than the Esplanade off Arlington St. (There is a T stop there on the green line.) While there is not a lot of equipment, what they have is super fun for kids. There is a zip line, a climbing jungle-gym with a slide, swirling rides,... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We rented bikes and rode along the Esplanade all the way to Harvard. Was about an hour and a half roundtrip. Do it in the morning, it's gorgeous!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am so glad, even though we were super tired, that we hit this spot for some R&R. The people watching was awesome, there were PokéStops galore, and the beautiful sight of the Charles River was spectacular. Loved this spot and will go again!

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very nice open space in Boston where you can walk, run, bike ride, even kayak as you are next to the Charles River. You could even have a picnic. The skyline is very nice and it is accessible via one of the pedestrian bridges (make sure you look at a map beforehand to find out where they... More 

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Wander around this quintessential neighborhood in the heart of Boston for high-end shops, restaurants, and the feeling of city bustle. Its most identifiable skyscrapers, the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower, are highlights of the city skyline. Visit Newbury street to explore unique and trendy boutiques – as well as every other kind of store imaginable – all housed in beautiful brownstone buildings. In nice weather, restaurant patio seating is packed with Bostonians and tourists alike soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the food. Commonwealth Ave offers a beautiful stroll down residential tree-lined streets. Keep walking towards the Charles River and enjoy a beautiful view by the water. In warmer months, people run and bike on paths running along the esplanade, and sail and kayak on the Charles River. Boylston street, also full of shops, bars, and restaurants, is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Head towards Copley Square and check out the Boston Public Library, which is particularly beautiful from the Dartmouth street entrance.