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Charles River Parklands

Official Website:Charles River Parklands
Location:Massachusetts
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Outdoor
Cost:Free
Category:Parks & Nature
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Charles River ParklandsThe “ribbon of green and blue” of the Charles River parklands defines the center of Boston's metropolitan area, giving residents and visitors alike an enduring sense of place and a refuge for recreation, contemplation, and renewal.

These urban parklands include 19 miles of shore, from the New Dam at the Charlestown Bridge to the dam near Watertown Square, and more than 20 parks and natural areas.

Ongoing Free Events

Sunday Parkland Games
Hosted by the Charles River Conservancy, join us for free games and activities for all ages and abilities every Sunday thru mid-September.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra Concerts
Enjoy free classical music concerts at the Hatch Shell every Wednesday during the summer months.

Charles River Clean-Up Boat
Sign-up to volunteer to remove debris from the Charles River.

Yoga on the Esplanade
Join the Esplanade Association for free yoga classes on the Esplanade every Wednesday evening through September. Everyone is welcome whether you're a beginner or expert, child or adult. Classes are weather permitting, so please check website for updates.

Tango by Moonlight
By the light of the full moon, join the Tango Society of Boston to dance the Argentine Tango, or just watch and listen.


The Charles River Conservancy, founded in 2000, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit citizens advocacy group dedicated to the renewal and stewardship of the Charles River Parklands from Boston Harbor to the Watertown Dam. The Conservancy works in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the agency responsible for the Charles River parklands, parkways, and historic bridges.

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