Healthy, Fit & Fun
Every summer the Esplanade Association partners with local businesses to host free fitness classes on the Esplanade. Classes usually run 3 days a week and range from Zumba and Yoga to Bootcamp. For a list of this summer’s planned classes and schedule visit Healthy, Fit & Fun.
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.
Running and Jogging
As the City’s most used running path, the Esplanade is home to 5 1/2 miles of pathways. 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 Boston.
Paddle Boarding, Canoeing & Kayaking
Charles River Canoe and Kayak located in Cambridge offers seasonal kayak, canoe and paddle board rentals.
During the warmer months of the year, the Esplanade provides various opportunities to catch and release fish along the Charles River.
Kite flying is permitted on the Esplanade where there are large, open landscapes away from trees. 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 snow shoeing along the Esplanade’s 3 miles of parkland.
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.