Charles River Esplanade

Downtown Boston, Back Bay

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The Charles River Esplanade (commonly referred to as “the Esplanade”) is a 64-acre riverfront park with pathways along the bank of the Charles River in Back Bay and Beacon Hill. It is well-suited for running, biking, and rollerblading, and has great views of the Charles River. Within the park are little league and soccer fields (Teddy Ebersol’s Red Sox Fields), the iconic Hatch Memorial Shell venue, and 3 different playgrounds along the main path. The Esplanade Association, the nonprofit organization that maintains, revitalizes, enhances, and programs the Esplanade, also hosts a variety of events and programs year-round including their River Front Summer Fitness Classes and GroundBeat Music Series. This is also a popular destination for tourists, particularly in spring, to see the cherry blossoms.

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Visitors of the Esplanade can access the park via six different footbridges located along the 3.2-mile length of the Esplanade. The closest T stops within walking distance to the Esplanade are Charles/MGH on the red line or along the green line at Arlington, Copley, Hynes Convention Center, Kenmore (B, C, D,), Blanford Street (B), Boston University East (B), or Boston University Central (B). 

Additionally, there are several BlueBikes docking stations located within walking distance of the Esplanade from Beacon Hill to Fenway/Allston. If visitors wish to drive to the Esplanade, recommended parking spots include the Boston Common Parking Garage, Newbury Street Garage, or finding street parking in Beacon Hill or Back Bay.

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