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Boston Sights

Esplanade

  • Promenade/Boardwalk

Updated 11/12/2013

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Near the corner of Beacon and Arlington streets, the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge crosses Storrow Drive to the 3-mi-long Esplanade and the Hatch Memorial Shell. The free concerts here in summer include the Boston Pops' immensely popular televised July 4 performance. For shows like this, Bostonians haul lawn chairs and blankets to the lawn in front of the shell; bring a take-out lunch from a nearby restaurant, find an empty spot—no mean feat, so come early—and you'll

feel right at home. An impressive stone bust of the late maestro Arthur Fiedler watches over the walkers, joggers, picnickers, and sunbathers who fill the Esplanade's paths on pleasant days. Here, too, is the turn-of-the-20th-century Union Boat Club Boathouse, headquarters for the country's oldest private rowing club.

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Updated 11/12/2013

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Jul 9, 2009

Crowded but worth it.

Bring your radio and get there early. It's going to be standing room only; so, be prepared for that. One nice thing about this experience is the Boston transit folks. They had buses ready to take us all to the MBTA and trains lined up ready to get us out of the area. I have never seen such a smooth operation after fireworks. That one thing, getting us out and back to our parking places, was WONDERFUL!!!

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