Charles River Esplanade

The Charles River Esplanade of Boston, Massachusetts, is a a 3-mile (4.8-kilometer) green path that runs along the Boston side of the river, in the Back Bay area of the city, on the south bank of the Charles River Basin.

sailboats in harbor with skyline and downtown in the background in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Stroll down the scenic Charles River Esplanade in the Back Bay Area for beautiful views, sun, and exercise. Stretching for 17 miles, visitors can walk, bike, canoe, kayak, rollerblade, and more. There’s even a playground for kids to explore. In addition, visitors can catch free summertime concerts as well as free moving showings at the Hatch Shell. Furthermore, the Hatch Shell features the iconic free Boston Pops concert each July 4th.

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