Located along the Charles River between the Museum of Science and the Boston University Bridge
Open dawn til dusk
Located along the famed Charles River in downtown Boston, The Esplanade is stretches three miles from the Museum of Science to the Boston University bridge. The park is over a century old and is entirely manmade, featuring many large trees, benches, and flat asphalt pedestrian and cycling pathways. Single-track trail runs along much of the pedestrian pathway and is available for those who prefer to run on softer surfaces. While the pedestrian and cycling areas are separate in some portions of the park, walkers and cyclists are expected to share the path in other areas, so it is important to be alert. The Esplanade can be accessed from a variety of pedestrian footbridges connected to the downtown area; cyclists must walk their bikes over the bridges. The park features beautiful views of the city and the river, and the breeze blowing off the river helps cool off patrons on warm days. Benches and trash cans can be found along the route, and there are also some water fountains along the way. Serious cyclists may find the Esplanade too crowded, as the number of people on the path can make it difficult to maintain a high rate of speed. Security cameras are located throughout the park, which is open from dawn until dusk.