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. 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’d like to learn more, please contact

In-person tours are currently on hold for the 2020 season.

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