• Esplanade Activities

Recreational Areas and Facilities

If you are interested in planning a pick-up game, renting a sailboat, or lounging on the docks, learn about the Esplanade’s various recreational areas and facilities.


Gather with friends or enjoy some alone time on one of the Esplanade’s five docks overlooking the Charles River.

Fiedler Field

Fiedler Field provides ample space for pick-up games, picnicking, and relaxing.

Hatch Shell Oval

When not in use for community events and concerts, the Oval provides additional space for active or leisure activities.

Boston University Sailing Pavilion

The Boston University Sailing Pavilion is open to the BU Community and the general public. The Sailing Boathouse is available for experienced sailors during recreational sailing hours by purchasing a Boston University Sailing Card.

Exercise Course

The Exercise Course provides basic outdoor gym equipment for the benefit of park visitors. The course includes equipment for body weight exercises such as pull ups as well as equipment for stretching. It is located by the Silber Way Footbridge between the Mass Ave. Bridge and BU Bridge.

Union Boat Club

Union Boat Club was founded in 1851 and is the longest continuously operating rowing club in Boston. Today Union Boat Club features a squash and fitness clubhouse located on Chestnut Street in Beacon Hill, along with the boathouse located on the Charles River Esplanade. Portions of Union Boat Club only allow men to enter. Please call the facility to learn more.

Community Boating, Inc.

Community Boating, Inc. (CBI) is located between the Hatch Shell and Longfellow Bridge. The season runs from April 1 – October 31. CBI provides lessons and boat usage for youth and adults, from beginners to advanced sailors. They offer a variety of boating, kayaking and windsurfing activities. Kids 10-18 can sail all summer for only $1.00 in the Junior Program. Learn more in this segment from NBC10 Boston.

Teddy Ebersol’s Red Sox Fields

The Teddy Ebersol’s Red Sox Fields provide youth soccer, baseball, and fields for general organized play. The TERSF project was developed in partnership with The Red Sox Foundation, Hill House, and the Esplanade Association. The Esplanade Association pays one-third of the ongoing maintenance costs. Learn more about permitting the TERSF Fields.