Welcome to the Esplanade

The Esplanade is the stretch of public green space that extends for three miles one way along the Boston shore of the Charles River from the Boston Museum of Science to the Boston University (BU) Bridge. In addition to providing a beautiful natural landscape, the park is home to the iconic Hatch Memorial Shell, various historical monuments, recreational facilities, and over five miles of pathway for walking, running, or biking.

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.