Sports and Fitness Activities

With access to three miles of Park and pathways as well as the Charles River, the Esplanade offers a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Whether you are interested in individual activities, free organized classes, group sports, or looking to go on a run or bike ride with a beautiful view, the Esplanade has something for everyone who is interested in fun, active recreation.

Esplanade Fitness

Throughout the year, the Esplanade Association offers free fitness classes of diverse genres with some of Boston’s hottest local fitness studios. Learn more about our current seasonal offerings. 

Bicycle Riding

The Esplanade provides cyclists of all ages the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant, scenic bike along its Paul Dudley White Bike Path, an 18-mile loop that starts at the Museum of Science and runs along both sides of the Charles River to Watertown Square. You can ride on your own or take part in one of Boston’s scenic bike tours through the park.

Don’t own a bike but want to ride? Sign up for Blue Bikes.

Running and Jogging

As Boston’s most popular running path, the Esplanade is home to 5 1/2 miles of pathways. For joggers, the Healthy Heart Trail on the Esplanade begins at the Lee Pool parking lot, is 1.5 miles long, and has an easy activity level designation. For runners seeking more distance, connecting paths continue into Cambridge and Allston/Brighton.

Every May, the Esplanade Association hosts the Esplanade 5K Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. This is a fantastic way to give back to Boston’s most beloved running route!

Paddle Boarding, Canoeing & Kayaking

Charles River Canoe and Kayak located in Cambridge offers seasonal kayak, canoe and paddleboard rentals.


During the warmer months of the year, the Esplanade provides various opportunities to catch and release fish along the Charles River.

Kite Flying

Kite flying is permitted on the Esplanade where there are large, open spaces away from trees. Please be sure not to leave any string behind that could entangle the park’s wildlife.

Model Boat Sailing

Model boat sailing in the Charles River is a delight for both participants and observers. Adults and children may participate in model boat sailing at various times throughout the year.


Community Boating, Inc. provides lessons and boat usage for youth and adults, from beginners to advanced sailors. They offer a variety of boating, kayaking and windsurfing activities.


The Esplanade’s flat terrain is the optimal setting for in-line skating.


Don’t let the cold weather stop you from enjoying the park. Once the snow falls in Boston you can enjoy a beautiful day of snowshoeing along the Esplanade’s 3 miles of parkland.

Cross-Country Skiing

Feel the swoosh and glide of the snow as you cross-country ski through the Esplanade park. Though there are no defined trails, the park is a wonderful venue for cross-country skiers who don’t mind creating their own path.