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The Esplanade

Park and Dog Run
Beacon Hill, Boston
74 Tips and reviews
  • charles river
  • docks
  • sunsets
  • biking
  • picnics
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  • Elaine M.
    Elaine MarleyOctober 8
    Love it for runs, walks, workouts, hanging out.
  • Jared W.
    Sitting on the bench in the parking eating your lunch before work is the best! It's also really good for just getting outside and enjoying the day
  • المهره الصعبه ماهي لأي خيال
    Lovely place to walk, run, and watch the ducks & the sunset over Charles River. A must when you come to Boston-which you should 😻
  • Edward M.
    Picturesque walk with views of Boston city centre. A must do on a sunny day.
  • Kyle P.
    Kyle PurdonMarch 10
    Great place for a walk or run. Nice view of the Charles River.
  • Yuni G.
    Yuni GrahamAugust 22, 2016
    Got here just in time to watch the fireworks for Fourth of July. Just remember there are two stair bridges across. Don't stand in line and wait for one!
  • Nick B.
    Nick BergusAugust 21, 2016
    Great for running or Pokemon playing.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJuly 25, 2016
    The Ritz-Carlton, Boston concierge recommend creating a simple sunset picnic along the Charles River Esplanade with sandwiches from a Newbury Street bodega.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJuly 11, 2016
    On July 4th, the fireworks are visible from anywhere on the river, but be aware that Storrow Drive is closed to cars, so you can find a spot in the middle of the street.
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerJune 5, 2016
    Gorgeous place for a run along the river on a nice day.
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzFebruary 29, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing place to run.
  • A S.
    A SSeptember 27, 2015
    Come here to just bask in the sun and enjoy some time out.
  • C B.
    C BaileySeptember 15, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    One of my favorite places to ride my bike, watch a sunset and hang. Great park to commute through
  • Margot M.
    Margot MazurSeptember 8, 2015
    One of the many unique gems of Boston. Come here when you need to clear your head.
  • Djaniella D.
    Djaniella D.August 24, 2015
    A beautiful place to get away from all the chaos in the city. Take full advantage of it- whether it's running, biking, having a picnic, overlooking the bridge, or watching the sunset on the dock.
  • Al C.
    Al ChaseJuly 30, 2015
    Quintessential Boston destination.
  • Tim G.
    Tim GibeauJune 21, 2015
    Great paths for running, walking, or biking. Plenty of grassy areas for kids and picnics. Beautiful views of the Charles.
  • Jessica
    JessicaJune 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Running dream.
  • Emily B.
    Emily BaerJune 2, 2015
    Go hang out on one of the docks on the Charles river- great for tanning and relaxing
  • Antonio M.
    Antonio MolleMay 24, 2015
    So-and-so, it is a good running place and biking but not the best place if you want to do anything like play a baseball game.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonMarch 12, 2015
    The best running spot in Boston is along the Esplanade on the Charles River. The early morning offers placid views of the water and city.
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzNovember 10, 2014
    An incredible spot to walk or run. Features great views of Cambridge and the Charles river. Also the place you want to be at for the July 4th fireworks.
  • Nicholas
    NicholasOctober 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Take a walk along the Esplanade to see the Charles River. Start at either the west end at the Mass Ave bridge or the east end near the Public Gardens.
  • jamesMICHAEL D.
    Bokeh & BostonFireworks
  • Dino P.
    Dino PeroneJuly 4, 2014
    Fireworks were moved from the 4th to the 3rd (to celebrate my birthday lol)
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CMay 27, 2014
    One of the most beautiful walkways I've ever seen.
  • roller g.
    roller ginaMay 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Use foot bridges to cross over. Storrow drive is a highway!
  • Bikabout
    BikaboutApril 15, 2014
    The Esplanade is a river-front park that contains boat houses, picnic spots, lagoons, a half shell concert space , and several top-notch playgrounds.
  • Rob M.
    Rob MontgomeryFebruary 24, 2014
    There is a stretch that only connects to land by a series of bridges. Great place for dogs to roam and not run off.
  • meghan b.
    meghan bucoFebruary 20, 2014
    Visit for information about the park
  • CollegeFashionista
    CollegeFashionistaJanuary 14, 2014
    Spend an afternoon with an hour long walk on the Esplanade, which is a gorgeous park that runs up and down the Charles River.
  • Arak V.
    Arak VatsaNovember 28, 2013
    Beautiful spot for an early morning run!
  • Britta L.
    Britta LehmannOctober 14, 2013
    gotta love the light forest!
  • Topo Athletic
    Topo AthleticAugust 6, 2013
    Run a few extra miles and join us. We are having a launch event at CitySports on Wednesday at 6pm. Try us on, run with us, become part of us. Info is here:
  • Sergey A.
    Sergey AJuly 5, 2013
    Don't try to sneak a bottle of wine for your romantic date. The cops will bust you!
  • James O.
    James O'ConnorJuly 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Leave your freedom at the door (or security checkpoint) for the 3rd/4th of July.
  • Courtney L.
    Courtney LewisJune 26, 2013
    Beautiful spot for an early morning run!
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 13, 2013
    Stroll over to Community Boating for a sail on the Charles. If you’re afraid of the water, enjoy a snooze on the Esplanade’s grassy knolls.
    Upvoted Oct 16
  • Nicolás F.
    Nothing better than a walk by the shore...
  • Christina B.
    Christina BrehmSeptember 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Wanna be inspired? Watch people train for the marathon... even in the snow! You healthy Bostonians, you...
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole MerrittAugust 8, 2012
    Start taking advantage of this awesome running spot - the views are incredible - and you'll be in good company! In the warm weather, bring a towel and lay out on the docks.
  • Brenton N.
    Brenton NimsJuly 10, 2012
    Despite what everyone might tell you, do NOT take the metro home from 4th of July at the Esplanade. Drive in early and get street parking.
  • Dee H.
    Dee HibbardJuly 8, 2012
    It gets crowded during the summer when it's nice out, but there's an adorable little dock a little ways right of the bridge that comes across from Silber Way, great to sit and dip your feet in or tan!
  • Toby
    TobyJune 12, 2012
    Want beautiful engagement photos here? Talk to
  • BU Sustainability
    BU SustainabilityJune 7, 2012
    A great place to de-stress, and you can access it right from BU Beach! Go for a run, bring your bike, or just chill on one of the docks!
  • Kat C.
    Kat ChenMay 22, 2012
    The perfect place to catch some rays and have a picnic!
  • SupahFans S.
    Not easy to navigate your bike through these crowds. Don't bother unless on foot or arrive early
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RagleMay 13, 2012
    Take the time to stroll and watch the crews or sailors.
  • BU Sailing
    BU SailingApril 10, 2012
    Watch for our boats!
  • emma t.
    emma tangorenApril 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    people come out of the woodwork on the esplanade for nice weather, brace yourself!
  • BU FYI Student Blog
    BU FYI Student BlogMarch 7, 2012
    Take a trip around the Esplanade, which runs all along the Charles River, or relax in the sun by the docks.
  • Ashley O.
    Ashley OrtizNovember 13, 2011
    Bring cracked corn! The ducks love it!
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 28, 2011
    Originally designed in 1892 by Central Park architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Altered in 1930s-50s by Arthur Shurcliff. Nearby Charles River named for King Charles I. More info in blog. <LINK> Read more
  • Roger M.
    Roger MercadoAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Rangers don't mind an unleashed dog, as long as you have a leash with you. Making The Esplanade the best dog park ever!!
  • paije
    paijeAugust 29, 2011
    Lovely little stopping point when biking along the river
  • Troy D.
    Troy DandroAugust 29, 2011
    This is not a playground. What idiot tagged this place?
  • Robbie C.
    Robbie CanavanJuly 12, 2011
    Great place to see the fireworks
  • Brett K.
    Brett KodishJune 28, 2011
    Danny DeVito windsurfs near the community boating house
  • Donald C.
    Donald CarassoSeptember 21, 2010
    1929 Arthur Fielder begins the Boston Pops concerts on the Esplanade.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MachadoAugust 29, 2010
    Watch out for the rapist!
  • Aaron F.
    Aaron FranklinAugust 28, 2010
    Free outdoor movies on Fridays!
  • Valentina M.
    Valentina MonteJuly 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Boston college kids: Miss your dog? Go pet strangers'! The Esplanade is one of the only places in Boston that isn't 97.8% college kids!
  • Joe A.
    Joe Allen-BlackJuly 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Boston Pops does a full dress rehearsal on July 3 of its awesome show. It's a lot less crowded and less stressful than going to the final show.
  • Neville W.
    Neville WJuly 5, 2010
    On July 4th, if you want to get a spot up front, you need to show up with a blanket, chairs, and food for the day at 9am when they open it up to the public. Overall, watching from Cambridge is easier. Read more
  • David A.
    David AmbroseJuly 5, 2010
  • Julianne C.
    Julianne CardelloJuly 4, 2010
    Great place to watch the fireworks on the 4th of July, preceded by live concert performed by the Boston Pops (Keith Lockhart conducting) televised each year
  • Sasha
    SashaMarch 25, 2010
    Best place to run in the world
  • Sean C.
    Sean CunninghamMarch 17, 2010
    The guy next to me hasa goiter....
  • Greg S.
    Greg SmithiesFebruary 28, 2010
    Best buffalo chicken pizza evar!
  • Rory O.
    Rory O'ConnorFebruary 11, 2010
  • Jesse S.
    Jesse SpectorFebruary 2, 2010
    Spicy chicken slice was delicious.
  • Voravut R.
    Voravut RatanakommonAugust 26, 2009
    Talk a romantic walk on a moonlit night & soak in that Boston style.
  • Marianna P.
    Marianna PeracchiOctober 26, 2014
    Passeggiata da fare tra scoiattoli ed anatre :)
  • Jerome P.
    Jerome PoleniFebruary 22, 2014
    Sublime vue
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