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One of the best walks in Boston

I've spent countless hours walking along the Charles river during the time that I've lived in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Boston, Massachusetts
Worth getting away from the tourist areas

A lovely riverside walk along the Charles River. On a nice sunny day, this part of Boston is well... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2018
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A popular path for walkers, joggers, bladers and bicyclists, the Esplanade is also home to the Hatch Shell, where the Boston Pops holds its annual summer concerts.
Storrow Drive, Boston, MA 02114
West End
+1 617-635-4505
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've spent countless hours walking along the Charles river during the time that I've lived in Boston. For those looking for a relaxing place to talk, clear your mind, or exercise there is no better place than the esplanade - especially during summer months. I...More

Thank bp_beru
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice view of the river, crowded if there is an event (mostly summer like July 4). Not certain about after dark security, ask around in advance unless you are with a group. The same goes for all along the river - it’s by no means...More

Thank PeterD2327
Reviewed 24 October 2018

A lovely riverside walk along the Charles River. On a nice sunny day, this part of Boston is well worth spending some time for a flat relaxing walk or cycle ride.

Thank Harry B
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

The path provides a nice leisurely walk along the river. Many people and activities going on. With the exception of road noise from the Sorrow, it is a great escape.

Thank TP454
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

We walked along here on our way to Harvard. It’s a beautiful area with so much greenery. Definitely nice to do while in Boston.

Thank HayleyNZ87
Reviewed 5 October 2018

Winding path along the river where you can take your mind off the city while still being surrounded by it. They way watching the water lowers your blood pressure. I don't know if that is a fact, but I always enjoy being by the water.

Thank bbbob84
Reviewed 4 October 2018

Gorgeous venue, always wanted to come down and very happy I finally did, right on the river amd very beautiful.

Thank Marah G
Reviewed 22 September 2018

This stretches along the Boston side of the Charles River and comprises paths and green space with trees and views across the river to Cambridge. The paths are mixed use and bikes are supposed to give way ("yield" in the local parlance) to walkers but...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 21 September 2018

great to walk along although you are sharing it with cyclists and runners. Shame it is so close to the road but even with that it is a nice area to walk. Plan your walk as there are sizable gaps between place you can enter...More

1  Thank TrevB56
Reviewed 18 September 2018

Lovely place to spend either a sunny afternoon or late evening in watching the boats on the river or just people watching.

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Wina C
29 June 2016|
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Response from benthere | Reviewed this property |
The prime seating area in front of the stage is open and there is no cover from the sun. There are trees around the perimeter and towards the back of the performance area. You would be sacrificing view for comfort, but I... More
Mani T
29 March 2016|
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Response from jmcjaw2 | Reviewed this property |
Bostonians take the Fourth of July serious and have been known to show up as early as 4:00 a.m. since they banned overnight camping. I believe the City now attempts to regulate this at 6:00 a.m. There is limited space and... More
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1 July 2015|
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Response from Muralto60 | Reviewed this property |
I cannot give a specific answer because this is a very subjective question, which depends on what criteria are important for selecting the "best" spot. Typically the events at the hatch shell are extremely popular, drawing... More