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Charles River Esplanade
21 David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02114

The Esplanade stretches nearly three miles along the bank of the Charles River, from the Museum of Science to theMore 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.

Myrtle Street Playground
Myrtle Street and Irving Street, Boston, MA 02114

The Myrtle Street Playground is tucked down a quiet, pristine street in Beacon Hill but the playground itself isMore anything but quiet, owing to the park's popularity with young Beacon Hill families.

A well-appointed and traditional playground maintained by the city's parks & recreation department, Myrtle Street features two separate play areas, plenty of swings, a sandbox, three slides, picnic tables and rubber mats to absorb falls.  

Visit the playground's website for upcoming events. 

Phillips Street Play Area
Phillips Street, Boston, MA 02114

The Phillips Street Play Area is a quieter, more adult-friendly playground than its neighbor up the hill, the MyrtleMore Street Playground. The play area is in the lower part of the park and features modern, jungle gym-like playground equipment set on top of rubber mats to absorb falls. The play area is surrounded by a low wall convenient for parents to sit on. 

The upper park is a peaceful space with benches overlooking the play area. Pets are allowed in the upper part of the park only. It is maintained by the city's Parks and Recreation Department.  

The play area was renovated in 2009.