Welcome to the Esplanade

The Esplanade Association is a 21-year-old non-profit organization that works to revitalize and enhance the Charles River Esplanade, sustain its natural green space, and build community in the park by providing educational, cultural, and recreational programs for everyone.Working in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Esplanade Association is dedicated to improving the experiences of the millions of visitors who enjoy Boston’s iconic riverside park. Visit us to experience beautiful waterfront gardens, historical monuments, recently renovated playgrounds, multiple walking & biking trails, and an abundance of local flora & fauna.

Key Information

Park Hours: Daily from dawn to dusk, except for walk-through traffic and permitted events.

Park Map: View our Esplanade Map.

Park Rules: View Park Rules.

Things to Do: For a list of Park events and activities, visit Things to Do.

Public Restrooms: The Esplanade has public bathrooms located behind the DCR, Hatch Shell (near the Fielder Footbridge) and at the Dartmouth St. Facility (located next to the Dartmouth St. Footbridge). The restrooms are open from late spring – early fall. Hours vary but are generally 8:00am to 6:00pm.

Frequently Asked Questions: For answers to many frequently asked questions, visit FAQs.

Park History: Learn more about the history of the Esplanade, visit Park History.

Still Have Questions? Contact Us.