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Charles River Esplanade

Storrow Drive, Boston, MA 02114
+1 617-635-4505
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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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  • Very good32%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Storrow Drive, Boston, MA 02114
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"boston pops"
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"storrow drive"
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"great place to run"
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"free concerts"
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"pops concert"
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"bike ride"
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"nice walk"
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"both sides"
in 11 reviews
"harvard square"
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"boston skyline"
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"people watch"
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"beautiful park"
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"visiting boston"
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Reviewed 6 days 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

Thank KarenB_California
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely area to walk along. Lots of nice views of the river and city skyline. There is also some quays which have fabulous chairs to sit and enjoy the views.

Thank MrMrsHappyR
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We hire bikes at Urbanadventours on Atlantic Avenue and cycled alongside the Charles River and crossed the John F Kennedy Bridge into Harvard Square. It is a stunning area and then you can cycle back along the river front through the Cambridge area with great...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great park with trails, ponds, birds and the river. Would be nice to go back for a concert at the amphitheater. Ran the trails everyday and across the river. Lots of opportunities to learn to sail, kayak or paddleboard.

Thank GeenaMN
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Reviewed May 18, 2018

This is the best running spot in all of Boston. There's usually a nice breeze off the water and this is also a great spot to watch the sunset.

Thank Billy C
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Reviewed May 15, 2018

Walking along the Charles River esplanade is always a bright spot of my day. The stretch from Mass Ave. bridge to the Hatch Shell is picturesque, along a well-maintained path for runners, bikers and walkers.

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Reviewed May 14, 2018

Nice walk along the river but you need to keep an eye out for the exercise nuts. Most of them are considerate but lycra does have a strange effect on some people

Thank David282xyz
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Reviewed May 13, 2018

Boston's Charles River Esplanade is a beautiful park tucked ialong the banks of the river. The Hatch Shell hosts concerts during the year, Nice spot to picnic. Ample vendors are present during events.

Thank Alan S
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

We've been to the Charles River Esplanade many times. The 4th of July Concert is a must if your visiting Boston. Bring plenty of sunscreen - bring your lunch and blanket and enjoy the concert and fireworks. Be sure and take public transit, no parking...More

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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Took a couple of mile walk which was very nice and relaxing. The path between Kenmore and Copley squares is in great shape. Lots of families and children out. Great space.

Thank Anne H
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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
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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
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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
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