Around the City: Boston Esplanade
Posted on: July 19, 2016


Have you ever visited the Boston Esplanade? This unique park is formally known as the Charles River Esplanade, as it is situated right along the banks of the scenic Charles River. While it was first established more than a century ago, the park is still just as popular today as it was back then. Millions of out-of-town visitors and longtime Boston locals alike enjoy strolling along the river’s banks, attending outdoor concerts and even exercising on the Sherbon Street exercise equipment at the Esplanade.

The Boston Esplanade stretches for three miles along the Charles River — which is home to the Head of the Charles Regatta as well as a number of daily runners, bikers and strollers — and it is conveniently located between the popular Museum of Science and the Boston University Bridge. It is filled with lush, green pastures and shady trees, as well as a well-maintained walking trail that stretches right alongside the river.

Boston Esplanade photo
Photo by rjshade

Active visitors enjoy playing games of pick-up baseball on the Esplanade’s Teddy Ebersol’s Red Sox Fields, while those who are interested in boating often set sail on the river itself. If you’re simply looking for a day of relaxation and fun in the sun, you’ll often find people having their own picnics and lounging in the grass with a good book.

The Boston Esplanade is also home to a number of events and activities during the warmer months. The annual Moondance Gala takes place each summer and helps to support the park’s upkeep, while there are also a number of concerts, dances and plays in the covered Hatch Shell. (A number of music events are also hosted in the Hatch Shell throughout the warmer seasons.) Whether you’re looking for a way to take in some of Boston’s famous culture, spend time outdoors with the family or even get some exercise in a scenic space, the Boston Esplanade has it all.