Charles River Esplanade
Charles River Esplanade
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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.
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Jola O
Las Vegas, NV513 contributions
What a fun evening! I have washed the Boston Pops 4th of July Spectacular my entire life. It was a must-see since I was visiting Boston for the 4th of July weekend.

It was so much easier than I imagined. We went to the Esplanade at 11:30am and waited in line. Entrance wristbands to the event were being given out starting at noon.
The line wasn't crazy long. We got our wristbands, scoped out the area to see where we could sit, then left the enclosure for the day and returned in the evening at 7pm before the show began.

Since we did not have anything with us except a fanny pack and a jacket, we were able to get close to the front and find a small patch of grass to sit.

Hint- Do not bring backpacks or large coolers. These people were turned away. Look at the event website for the items you cannot bring into the secure area. Bags are inspected and your body is wanded.

It was a fantastic event and surpassed my expectations. A must do if you are in Boston on July 4.
Written July 14, 2022
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT1,777 contributions
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The esplanade attracts anyone looking to take a stroll whether you are a runner, cyclist or walker. This public park is a perfect place to also catch some rays. Along the way there are park benches that you can seek shade if it gets too hot and check out the local scenery.
Written June 14, 2021
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Mary Helen Hull
Augusta, GA21 contributions
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I visit Boston frequently, and every time I am there I run and/or walk on the Esplanade. The river is beautiful, and the path is always full of people especially when the weather is nice. In the summer, there are always lots boats on the river and crew teams rowing. A must do when in Boston!
Written January 15, 2020
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EcoBean
Kennington, UK235 contributions
Very easy access to walk along the Charles River, away from the cars and hustle and bustle of the city. Plenty of sculptures and art work to enjoy en route. Thoroughly recommend.
Written May 23, 2022
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Rita V
Hudson, MA797 contributions
Mask on, and start your walk. Lot to take in - back drop of a city, the scent of the Atlantic, the beauty of nature. People watching. Dog walking. Just a great way to unwind. And then find a cafe and ponder!
Written November 21, 2020
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Kathleen R
Midlothian, VA100 contributions
My daughter & I were visiting BU and really enjoyed the Esplanade. Walking along it, we got great views of the river, Cambridge and the BU campus. It was easy exit an find out lodgings. Plenty of benches and trash cans. Very chilly in April.
Written April 26, 2021
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Piotr H.
Lodz, Poland3,983 contributions
Really amazing place. You can see the river and the skyline of the city of Boston. Really great area for walking or jogging
Written October 5, 2019
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scottcabal
Folkestone, UK325 contributions
This is a nice walk along the banks of the Charles River. It is probably the best place to see the river without going on one of the Boston Duck Tours. However it is also a scenic route back into the city centre from the Museum of Science departure point of the Boston Duck Tours.

The best way to get to the walk is to get the subway to the stop that's next to the Museum of Science (on the south bank of the river). Then head along the south bank of the river in a westerly direction and you'll go through some nice gardens and along a walk next to the river.

When I walked the route there were some Canada geese that had recently hatched some young and they were so cute. There were also some other birds in the area as well as plenty of plants... and trees to escape the sub from.

In addition to a nice walk it's a nice place to just chill or soak up the atmosphere. I saw lots of people sitting and relaxing as well as people walking, cycling, roller blading and also skating - a good place for everybody it seems.

When you get to the hatch shell you can cross a bridge across the road which will send you in the direction of the Boston Common, which is only a few minutes from this point.
Written May 21, 2008
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Michael M
Boston, MA37 contributions
What Central Park is to New York, the Esplanade is to Boston. Running along the Charles River, with 10 miles or more of paved walkways, the Esplanade attracts runners, walkers, families, couples, skaters, bikers and thinkers. On a nice day, there is no finer place to enjoy a nice walk and a view of the city. The Esplanade begins at the Science Museum at the harbor entrance, then runs up river. MIT and Harvard are across the river from the Esplanade, BU is on the Esplanade itself. There are walking paths on the Cambridge side of the river also, so you can cross back and forth over the river and see the city from a variety of angles. Mother Nature still thinks the Charles River belongs to her, so watch for herons, muskrats and other wildlife -- I once saw an enormous cod swimming up river! Twilight and early mornings are my favorite times to walk along the river, but you'll find the walk enjoyable to matter when you go.
Written November 24, 2019
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justlucy123
Lancaster, PA114 contributions
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Why am not seeing a lot of reviews for this while researching TripAdvisor for our Boston trip?
We stumbled upon this area during one of our touristy tours. We were staying a block from the park and it was a very short walk from there. We saw a pedestrian bridge and used it to get to the Charles River Esplanade.
It was late April and the trees were still in bloom. Some spring bulbs were still looking beautiful. There were a lot of benches along the paved path. Looks very popular with student joggers, bicyclists. The view across the river is pretty. One could just sit here all day and enjoy the scenery, read a book, walk or jog or ride a bike. (Some pedestrian overpass have signs regarding "walking" your bicycle across.)
Written May 21, 2019
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