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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Neighbourhood: West End
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  • Science Park • 1 min walk
  • North Station • 7 min walk
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  • Jaskel08
    California260 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful green-space in a busy city
    The Esplanade has a green space along the banks of the Charles River. It extends from the Museum of Science to Boston University. We stayed in the Back Bay. I spent my morning running the Esplanade’s paved paths. It’s really close to Newberry Street. Beautiful views of nature, as well as the city. Runners, walkers, and bicyclists all share the path and the green space with plenty of space for everyone.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 2 July 2023
  • 363cymru123
    Cardiff, United Kingdom129 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place to enjoy a laid back sunny afternoon
    We had a very relaxing afternoon visiting the Charles River Esplanade. We started our walk at the Hatch Shell which is a area for outdoor concerts. As you walk along there are areas to sunbathe on boardwalks over the river. There are plenty of benches both in the sun and shade to stop and enjoy watching the boats out on the river itself. Also plenty of trees with low branches to shade under during the summer too. On the other side of the esplanade there is the lagoon which has lots of ducks and geese going by and from time to time some people enjoying a paddleboat or canoe ride, its all very laid back and we enjoyed a little picnic lunch while we we watching the world go by on a sunny day. There are public restrooms here which is very welcome but not very common in Boston.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Mmmmmllllllll
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hatch Shell concerts with Landmark Orchestra
    We have been enjoying the 2023 season of Landmark Orchestra concerts on Wednesday nights at the Hatch Shell. It's been excellent programing with an amazing range of conductors, performers, and programming. We have been especially enjoying the incredibly expressive ASL interpreters (even though we don't need the interpretation -- we are loving it as an aspect of the performance!) Picnicking on the lawn in front of the Hatch Shell at the Esplanade on gorgeous summer evenings while listening to exquisite live music is not something I will ever take for granted again (after missing it during the pandemic). We haven't missed a single Wed. night for the 2023 season.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 23 August 2023
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SwonQonDoi
Boston, MA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
When spring arrives, there are many things we are truly excited about, and Cherry Blossoms are among them.

The beauty of Cherry Blossoms is undeniable; they seem to cast a spell on us. For those of us living in Boston, the Charles River Esplanade is one of the most beautiful spots to enjoy this natural art every year.

Many people come to this place to make the most of Boston's spring, engaging in activities such as running, picnicking, playing with their kids, and enjoying outdoor activities after a long winter, which is almost over, and welcoming the warm weather that is beginning to arrive.

The pink hues of the Cherry Blossoms blanket the entire park against the backdrop of the Charles River. We spend hours strolling around and cherish every minute spent in this amazing place, the Charles River Esplanade.
Written 20 April 2024
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Soabrevaya
Buenos Aires, Argentina430 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
It is a nice view, but nothing too much. It's nice to walk in the area. Do not recommend in winter, unless it's very sunny and not early
Written 26 March 2024
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Soren N
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
One of the most striking features of the Charles River Esplanade is its stunning location along the banks of the Charles River. The scenic views of the river, the lush greenery, and the Boston skyline in the backdrop create a picturesque setting for a leisurely stroll, a morning run, or a quiet afternoon of relaxation. Whether you're a local or a tourist, it's easy to find tranquility and escape the urban hustle and bustle.
Written 7 November 2023
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Mmmmmllllllll
Boston, MA25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We have been enjoying the 2023 season of Landmark Orchestra concerts on Wednesday nights at the Hatch Shell. It's been excellent programing with an amazing range of conductors, performers, and programming. We have been especially enjoying the incredibly expressive ASL interpreters (even though we don't need the interpretation -- we are loving it as an aspect of the performance!)

Picnicking on the lawn in front of the Hatch Shell at the Esplanade on gorgeous summer evenings while listening to exquisite live music is not something I will ever take for granted again (after missing it during the pandemic). We haven't missed a single Wed. night for the 2023 season.
Written 23 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

363cymru123
Cardiff, UK129 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We had a very relaxing afternoon visiting the Charles River Esplanade. We started our walk at the Hatch Shell which is a area for outdoor concerts. As you walk along there are areas to sunbathe on boardwalks over the river. There are plenty of benches both in the sun and shade to stop and enjoy watching the boats out on the river itself. Also plenty of trees with low branches to shade under during the summer too. On the other side of the esplanade there is the lagoon which has lots of ducks and geese going by and from time to time some people enjoying a paddleboat or canoe ride, its all very laid back and we enjoyed a little picnic lunch while we we watching the world go by on a sunny day. There are public restrooms here which is very welcome but not very common in Boston.
Written 6 August 2023
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Jaskel08
California260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The Esplanade has a green space along the banks of the Charles River. It extends from the Museum of Science to Boston University. We stayed in the Back Bay. I spent my morning running the Esplanade’s paved paths. It’s really close to Newberry Street. Beautiful views of nature, as well as the city. Runners, walkers, and bicyclists all share the path and the green space with plenty of space for everyone.
Written 2 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

EssexBetty64
Essex, UK505 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Lovely way to start a morning in Boston walking along the river. Great views of the city. Well worth taking the time to visit.
Written 29 May 2023
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yellowbelly62
Lincoln, UK149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
On our last day we found this park purely by luck
Very peaceful park great for a run along the river
Lots of benches along the way
Written 24 November 2022
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Tiffany V
Baton Rouge, LA126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We happened upon this while just walking around Boston. Its picture perfect in October. We could have stayed there all day.
Written 24 October 2022
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Ron B
Silverton, OR5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Easy walk from our hotel (Marriott-Copley Place) and delightful spot to watch sailboats training, and rowers too. Great views of the city, and a dock with a n Adirondack chair to sit on and watch the boaters on the Charles River.
Written 30 July 2022
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