This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

Free Guided Tours on the DCR Esplanade

Did you know that 150 years ago, the Charles River ran through what is now Back Bay? Or that you can still see bald eagles on the Esplanade?

If not, come learn about the history, wildlife, trees, and gardens of Boston’s premier riverside park. From February through December, the Esplanade Association is excited to offer free guided walking tours on the Esplanade to share the park’s amazing stories, plants, and wildlife. Guided walking tours will last about an hour-and-a-half and cover roughly a mile of the Esplanade and over 150 years of history!

Additional history tours can also be scheduled for a nominal donation. If you would like to schedule a private tour, please email Kelsey Pramik at

2020 Public Guided Tours:

Wed, 5/20 | Trees & Gardens Tour 10am – 11:30am
Wed, 6/10 | History Tour 6pm – 7:30pm
Wed, 6/17 | Trees & Gardens Tour 10am – 11:30am
Thurs, 7/23 | History Tour 6pm – 7:30pm
Thurs, 7/30 | Trees & Gardens Tour 12pm – 1:00pm
Wed, 8/11 | History Tour 6pm – 7:30pm
Wed, 8/19 | Trees & Gardens Tour 10am – 11:30am
Wed, 9/9 | History Tour 10am – 11:30am
Wed, 9/23 | Birding Tour 8am – 9:30am
Wed, 10/7 | Trees & Gardens Tour 10am – 11:30am
Wed, 10/21 | History Tour 10am – 11:30am
Thurs, 10/29 | Photo Tour 4:30pm – 6:00pm

All tours meet at Community Boating Inc., 21 David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA 02114.