The Esplanade stretches nearly three miles along the bank of the Charles River, from the Museum of Science to the…More 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.
Founded in 1851, the Union Boat Club is Boston's longest continuously operating rowing club. Today the UBC operates a…More squash and fitness club house on Chestnut Street and a boat house located directly on the Charles River Esplanade. Built on long-standing traditions of camaraderie, sportsmanship and friendship, the UBC now holds a membership of 700 men and women.
The club offers its membership participation in a variety of social and athletic events throughout the year, including the popular Head of the Charles Regatta.