The Charles River Esplanade (also known as “the Esplanade”) is a 64-acre riverfront park in the Back Bay and Beacon Hill neighborhoods of Boston. It features well-maintained pathways along the Charles River’s bank. From the Museum of Science to Boston University, the Esplanade spans nearly 3 miles along the river. It has amazing views of the Charles River and is ideal for running, biking, and rollerblading.
The Esplanade Association, a non-profit organization that preserves, revitalizes, enhances, and programs the Esplanade, hosts a number of events and programs throughout the year. Although the Esplanade receives a large number of visitors for the Independence Day concerts, it is largely locals (and college students) at other times of the year. This is most likely because it is only accessible by footbridges across busy Storrow Drive. The Esplanade is also famous for its cherry blossoms which bloom in the spring.
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- Address: Charles River Esplanade
- Town: Boston
- State: Massachusetts
- GPS: Lat 42.35560 Lng -71.07766
- Parking notes: There is no dedicated parking area for the esplanade so many visitors park and then walk across one of the several footbridges. The Arthur Fiedler Footbridge is one of the most popular footbridges and there is ample parking near the footbridge around the Public Garden and Common. The Boston Common Garage is always a great option.
- Parking directions: HERE (Boston Common Garage)
- Location directions: HERE
External Website: https://esplanade.org/