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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 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
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
Reviewed March 29, 2018

We walked here from our apartment and walked through the snow to sit at the seats on the banks of the river. Great views over the river to MIT. Is is a nice relaxing place.

Thank mum056
Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

During my stay in Massachusetts, my friend took me to go to a concert at the Charles River whereas we enjoyed our tour in Boston. At the place, can bike, walk, run, rollerblade, there is statues . On the Boston side you can see the...More

Thank Leandro C
Reviewed February 7, 2018

The Esplanade is a very pleasant place to stroll, even in February with snow falling! It is a relaxing way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city without leaving the city. The pedestrian bridges (over the busy streets & highways) make...More

Thank CarlaGarnet
Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

The trail is well maintained and seemed safe when I ran on it. It was a little cold in February but I was prepared.

Thank Climb14ers
Reviewed January 9, 2018

Don't get me wrong. The Freedom Trail is a great one off means to see the historic sites around Boston. We visit Boston twice a year and every morning we hike the Charles River from South Boston to Harvard Square. It changes daily especially this...More

Thank simonbill1
Reviewed January 6, 2018

I suppose I would consider this a 3 season venue since watching people jog, bike, sail or other is part of the allure along the river, and plenty go there just to sun themselves. Of course nothing beats the 4th of July with the Boston...More

Thank Kristi D
Reviewed January 3, 2018

or at least it seemed like it. A brisk chilly day brought everyone out along the Charles. Wandered over from the BPG on the footbridge, wandering along, taking in the sights. Not a lot of color in fall, and plenty of sailboats out on the...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