The Esplanade stretches for three miles one way along the Charles River on the Boston side, between the Museum of Science and the Boston University (BU) Bridge. This map of the Esplanade– commissioned by the Esplanade Association in 2017– provides more information about Park attractions and features such as bathrooms, T-stops, playgrounds, and access ways.
Please note: The tennis courts featured on this map were removed in 2020 along with the State Police Barracks (under construction).
Storrow Drive separates the park from Boston city proper. Park visitors must therefore use one of the park’s eight pedestrian bridges to enter the park.
Public parking is not available on the Esplanade. We recommend that visitors take the MBTA to the park, use Bluebikes, or that they park in one of the nearby public parking facilities. Handicap parking is accessible at the Blossom Street entrance of the Esplanade.
The best address for rideshare drop-off at the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge is the corner of David G. Mugar Way & Beacon Street. If you’re looking to access the park via the Frances Appleton Footbridge, we recommend using 170 Charles Street (The Whitney Hotel) as your rideshare drop-off address. For any questions about other access points on the Esplanade and parking recommendations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Frances Appleton Pedestrian Bridge at Charles Circle is the most accessible entry point to the park.
The Esplanade has over five miles of paved pathways. Although they vary in width and smoothness, they are largely welcoming to all park visitors. Download a printable Esplanade Map here.
If you have any specific questions about accessing the park, please reach out to us at email@example.com and we will do our best to help!
Photo by Ceara Sweeney.