Q. Where is the Esplanade in Boston?
A. The Esplanade stretches for 3 miles along the Charles River on the Boston side, between the Museum of Science and the Boston University bridge.
Q. What hours is the park open?
A. The park is open from dawn until dusk. Except for walk-through traffic and permitted events.
Q. What types of activities are available on the Esplanade?
A. You can find a list of various family, community, and recreational activities on our website at http://www.esplanadeassociation.org/about-the-park/things-to-do/
Q. Where are public bathrooms located on the Esplanade?
A. The Esplanade has public bathrooms located behind the DCR Hatch Shell (near the Fielder Footbridge) and at the Dartmouth St. Facility (located next to the Dartmouth St. Footbridge). There facilities can also be found on our interactive map. The restrooms are open from spring – fall, however, they are closed during the winter months.
Q. I want to hold an event on the Esplanade. Whom do I call?
A. The Esplanade Association does not have the authority to provide event permitting. All events must be approved and permitted through the Department of Conservation and Recreation. If you are interested in planning an event you can find contact information at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/inside-our-agency/contact-info/.
Q. Is barbecuing allowed at the park?
A. No. Barbecuing and open fires of any kind are not allowed at the park.
Q. Are alcoholic beverages allowed at the park?
A. No. Alcoholic beverages of any kind are not allowed at the park.
Q. Is camping allowed at the park?
A. No. Camping is not allowed at the park.
Q. May my dog run off-leash at the park?
A. No. Dogs must be leashed and owners must clean up after their dog.
Q. Are vendors allowed at the park?
A. No. Vendors are prohibited at the park.
Q. May I drive my motorized vehicle in the park?
A. No. Motorized vehicles of any kind are not allowed at the park.
Q. Are there rules for bicyclists at the park?
A. Yes. Bicyclists must follow Massachusetts Bike Rules:
- The bike path is a shared route with pedestrians.
- Bicyclists must yield to pedestrians.
- Bicyclists must keep right and share the path.
- Bicyclists must pass on the left only and give audible warning.
- Bicyclists are required to use headlights when riding at night.
- Bicyclists must walk their bikes over pedestrian footbridges.
- Helmets are required for children 16 years old and younger.
Report any accidents involving personal injury or property damage to the Mass State Police (617-727-6780)