If you’re looking for a furrific place to go for a walk with your dog in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, the Esplanade is perfect for you. This beautiful three-mile trail takes you along the Charles River, and is also called the Charles River Esplanade. Dogs are welcome to join you on this pawesome path on-leash!
The Esplanade is on its own island, and because of that, you’ll have to cross one of the eight footbridges along Storrow Drive to reach the trail. Be aware that there’s no parking available on the Esplanade itself. If you’re driving, you can park at one of the parking facilities near the Esplanade. The Esplanade is also accessible on the Boston MTBA.
Once you’re on the Esplanade, you and your pup can go for a leisurely stroll on the paved, mostly flat path. As you’re walking down the path, you’ll go by lots of interesting sights. This includes the beautiful Hatch Shell, a historic amphitheater that’s still used for events today. You’ll also go by the Charles Eliot Memorial, which commemorates the landscape architect who helped design the Esplanade. Pups will also be excited to see the Lotta Fountain for Dogs, a historic granite monument with a statue of a dog on top. There’s an operational water fountain at the base of this monument—perfect for thirsty pups!
If you need to take a break during your walk, there are plenty of benches along the Esplanade where you can relax with your dog. These benches all offer great views of the Charles River. You’ll also pass a few different lawns where you can have a fun, scenic picnic with your dog! There’s limited shade on many parts of the Esplanade. Be sure to give your dog plenty of water as you’re walking, especially on hot days. Also, be sure to bring doggy bags with you on your walk.
The Esplanade is a picturesque walking path that dogs and their owners are both sure to love. Be sure to practice good ‘petiquette’ and clean up after your dog while you’re walking, and have a great time on this trail!