Charles River Esplanade
The Esplanade stretches nearly three miles along the bank of the Charles River, from the Museum of Science to the Boston University Bridge. Nearly 3 million people visit the park each year.
Runners, walkers and bikers enjoy the six miles of pathways, with various community races and fundraisers throughout the year. It's available for sailing, picnicking and enjoying the river on a sunny day.
It's probably most known for the Hatch Shell, its outdoor stage, and the annual Fourth of July fireworks display featuring a performance by the Boston Pops. In addition, the park contains docks and landings, boathouses, playgrounds, a wading pool, soccer and softball fields, a tennis court, memorials and statues and concession stands. It's managed by the state's Department of Conservation and Recreation. The city's Esplanade Association friend group formed in 2001 to restore and care for the park.
- Hours: Dawn - Dusk
- Handicap Accessible: Path is paved and street level, and accessible via a ramped foot bridge from Arlington Street
- Founding Date: 1910
- Parking: On-street: metered
- Features: Athletic fields, Beach, Benches, Boat dock, Concert stage, Picnic pavilions, Picnic tables, Playgrounds, Public art, Skating rink
- Services: Food/drink, Ranger, Restrooms
- Restrictions: No alcohol, No fires