City Splash! - Charles River Community Swim Day 2023
2023 will be the Charles River Conservancy’s 7th year of urban river swims. Join us on Saturday, June 17th at the Fiedler Field dock for an afternoon of swimming, splashing, and jumping in the river!
Charles River Swimming Day on June 17, welcomes swimmers to take a recreational dip or compete with their peers along a waterway typically reserved for kayaks and sailboats.
For safety reasons, there are limited swimming slots and they fill up quickly. Follow us on social media or email to learn the latest event details. Registration expected to open in May.
Organizers will host both a one-mile race and a free swim near the Esplanade’s Fiedler Dock on the same day. A group of swimmers will be able to jump in every half-hour and either splash around or swim laps.
One Mile Race
A one-mile race, hosted by the Charles River Swimming Club, will kick off sometime in the early morning with a course looping between Harvard and Longfellow Bridge.
Only 200 slots will be available, and swimmers must be 18 or older and capable of completing one mile in 40 minutes or less. The Charles River Conservancy will then host the community swim running from midday to the late afternoon.
Swimmers, who can begin registering in May, will get 25-minute time slots to enjoy a section of the river near the state Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Fiedler Dock.
Join us at the Fiedler Dock on the Boston Esplanade island on June 18, 2022 from 10AM - 3PM to enjoy some family-friendly activities and jump in the Charles!
Organizers did not run the annual swimming day in 2018, canceled the 2019 iteration due to bad weather, and then put it on hiatus in 2020 and 2021 during the pandemic.
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
(Rain Date June 18, 2023)
Charles River Esplanade, Boston, MA, 02114 map
We strongly suggest that you walk, bike, or take transit to this event, as parking near the Esplanade is in short supply. If you are biking, bike racks are available on the Esplanade.
T stations: Red Line: Get off at Charles MGH. Walk south on the Esplanade, past Community Boating and the Hatch Shell. Follow the paths over the Storrow Lagoon, and you'll see us by the Fiedler Head statue!
Green Line: Get off at Arlington. Walk up Arlington Street with the Boston Gardens on your right. Take a slight left onto Beacon Street and then continue straight, onto the Fiedler Footbridge. Follow this pathway over the Storrow Lagoon to the Fiedler Dock.
- If you're having trouble finding the location, enter the following coordinates into Google Maps: 42.357, -71.076
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