Boston Esplanade

Live Music Venue / Outdoor Activity / Park
Boston Esplanade A six-mile stretch of trails offering spectacular views along the Charles River, the Boston Esplanade is a year-round destination for Bostonians of all stripes. Boston United States 42.357275 -71.073625
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Party Earth Review A six-mile stretch of trails offering spectacular views along the Charles River, the Boston Esplanade is a year-round destination for Bostonians of all stripes. Early morning sees suited bicycle commuters and joggers passing... ... read full review

  • Neighborhood:

  • Address:

    Along the Charles River between the Longfellow Bridge and Massachusetts Avenue
    Boston, MA 02108

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  • Hours:

    24/7

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

Party Earth Boston Esplanade Review

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A six-mile stretch of trails offering spectacular views along the Charles River, the Boston Esplanade is a year-round destination for Bostonians of all stripes.

A six-mile stretch of trails offering spectacular views along the Charles River, the Boston Esplanade is a year-round destination for Bostonians of all stripes.

Early morning sees suited bicycle commuters and joggers passing each other on the picturesque riverbank, while later in the day, fit young professionals take to the tennis courts, playing fields, and waterways for activities as diverse as rugby and windsurfing.

Although bustling with activity in all seasons, the park is really at its best in the summer, when warm nights draw everyone from couples in the mood for a romantic stroll to movie buffs settling in for an outdoor film screening.

A popular free concert series at the Hatch Shell brings in a mixed crowd of music lovers, college students, twenty-somethings, and older couples, who spread out their picnic blankets and kick back to the sounds of everything from the Boston Pops to the Gin Blossoms.

Perhaps the biggest event is the all-day Fourth of July celebration, when up to half a million revelers pack into the park to watch the jaw-dropping fireworks display over the Charles.

A haven of natural beauty, the Boston Esplanade is the perfect destination for a quick in-city getaway.

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Tip from Emma:

The Fourth of July celebration here is crazy! One thing to keep in mind – if you want to have a good view of the concert at the Hatch Shell, you need to arrive by 10am for the 8:30pm concert. Otherwise, try to grab a spot on the Longfellow Bridge for the best view of the fireworks.

  • Crowd

    Fitness enthusiasts, college students, outdoorsy young professionals, picnickers, and dog walkers, early 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Jogging and biking trails, softball and soccer fields, tennis courts, kayaking, discovery walks, regattas, and sailboat rentals (www.community-boating.org for more info).

    Cultural events include free summer movie screenings and concerts featuring the Boston Pops and popular groups like Dispatch, Peter Cetera, and Toby Keith.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    The Esplanade Café concession stand serves burgers, salads, and nachos. Various food vendors selling ice cream and hot dogs. As parking is difficult, visitors should plan on using public transportation.

  • Prices

    Esplanade Café items $3+, vendor snacks $2+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Summer Friday and Saturday nights draw huge crowds for the movie screenings and concert series, though the best and biggest party happens on the Fourth of July.

  • Close By

    The Sevens (77 Charles Sreet) offers their signature Sevens Ale and a classic Boston pub atmosphere perfect after an evening stroll at the Esplanade.

Boston Esplanade User Reviews

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Kanika L. Sep 30, 2013
Walk a few feet away from the humming streets of Commonwealth Avenue, and you have entered into one of Boston’s iconic beauties. Whether you’re a long-time resident or a one-time visitor, the Esplanade never fails to please, rain or shine. Along the 17-mile area of land, joggers are fitting in their morning runs, children are frolicking in the park, and students are taking a break from the library stuffiness to catch up on reading. Bostonians say if you close your eyes, feel the breeze of the water on your face and listen to the “waves” of the cars zooming down Storrow Drive, you could very well be at the beach. If you are more of a go-getter, The Boston Esplanade is always moving with activity year-round on the tennis courts, bike trails, parks and waterways for canoeing or sailing. Take advantage of the summer season and enjoy movies, free public concerts, Independence Day Fireworks, and the renowned Boston Pops, which all occur at the seventy-year-old Hatch Shell Memorial near downtown. When the sun goes down, The Esplanade sets a peaceful and romantic mood for a late-night walk. The common way to reach The Esplanade is by the pedestrian bridges available on the roads to cross through to get to the breathtaking view of the skyline. Towards the end of trail, you can continue to snap shots at The Boston Common, another beauteous destination with easy access to shops and eateries. The Esplanade is the reason Boston has its reputation for one of the oldest and most unique cities. It is highly recommended for all ages who want to take a mini vacation from the city, breathe some fresh air and relish in nature’s beauty.
Boston Esplanade
Max P. Mar 5, 2013
The Boston Esplanade offers city goers a convenient way to escape the urban bustle, appreciate beautiful surroundings, and explore a variety of attractions. If walking the length of the park one can easily visit Boston University’s central campus, the classic brownstone Back Bay neighborhood, and historic Beacon Hill. For families, the park includes multiple outdoor playgrounds and directions to the Museum of Science. Enjoyable any time of year, the Esplanade also provides the health conscious an ideal place to practice yoga, sail, ride bikes, play tennis, and run. Walkways are wide and provide ample space for both leisure and exercise. For those looking to relax by the water, large pedestrian docks add to the parks appeal and are often swarmed by sunbathers during the summer. As someone who frequents the Esplanade regularly, the park exemplifies Boston’s well-planned and pedestrian friendly character. It is difficult to find as versatile and scenic a park anywhere else on the East Coast. If visiting Boston the Esplanade is an absolute must see!
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