In Boston, there’s a strip of parkland that runs along the Charles River. Known as the Esplanade, it sits on the northern edge of the Back Bay neighborhood. I visited it this past weekend for the first time all summer. I don’t know why it took me so long!
Footbridges from the Back Bay allow pedestrians and bicyclists to cross above busy Storrow Drive to the riverfront.
There’s also a narrow inlet of waterway between the Esplanade and the river, speckled with scenic footbridge views and lily pad patches.
The Esplanade has lovely views of Cambridge, situated just across the narrow river, and is a peaceful and green respite from daily city life (nice as that is).
The park has a good balance of open, airy spaces and shade trees.
Photo credit: All photos by Paula Ogier