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Charles River Canoe & Kayak

Address: 455 Nahanton St., Newton, MA 02459
Phone Number: 617-965-5110
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Ranked #1 of 19 Attractions in Newton
Type: Water sports, Adventure
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Nahanton Park consists of 57 acres of forests, meadows, and gardens along the Charles River. From...
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Type: Water sports, Adventure
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Nahanton Park consists of 57 acres of forests, meadows, and gardens along the Charles River. From our dock, canoeists and kayakers can enjoy more than 12 miles of uninterrupted flatwater, from Silk Mill Dam at Upper Falls to Dedham Ave in Needham. A significant portion of the river's shore along this section of river is parkland, including Cutler Park and Millennium Park, and most of the riverbank is forest and marsh.Our Nahanton Park location, off Nahanton St./Kendrick St. on the Newton/Needham town line, offers hourly canoe and kayak rentals, picnic tables, an indoor function room, and playing fields. Learn more about our Nahanton Park Location in Newton.To best see this outstanding stretch of river, try one of our Shuttled River Trips and spend the morning or the whole day floating down the Charles!

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

priced fairly. beautiful scenery. the staff was efficient and friendly. equipment in very good state. definitely recommended.

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Watertown, Massachusetts
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33 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Need to get away yet don't have time to go far? Just go to CRCK. My partner and I go to the Newton location all the time because that is the most convenient to where we live and work. We came here once at the beginning of the season and we were hooked - we took a membership. The staff... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Having been signed up for a kayak race as part of a fund raiser for the Jimmy Fund, and never being in a kayak, a lesson was in order. My wife and I are both 60+ and really didn't want to look too foolish. So we went to the Charles River Canoe & Kayak in search of knowledge. They were... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Had a great experience here when I tried paddleboarding for the first time. Water is clean (didn't mind when I fell in!), flows easily and the sights/views are beautiful.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We rented a canoe and my wife, daughter and I went up and down the Charles River on a Sunday morning. It was a beautiful fall morning and was quite relaxing to take a little trip. They seemed to be well outfitted with paddle board, mayas and canoes as well as all of the life safety equipment you would need.... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I live in Newton, MA a close suburb of Boston. I've rented a canoe from Charles River Canoe and Kayak many times -- from it's Newton location (off Commonwealth Ave.) and from it's Brighton/Boston location. It's easy to get to these locations and free to park and the rent is inexpensive and by the hour. The staff are very accommodating... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

These folks have several locations, and the one in Newton provides two nice options for a row. Upstream -- the current gets stronger and stronger until you reach the falls. Downstream--a nice calm open water paddle.

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Newton, MA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

My son and I had a little over an hour to kill one afternoon and had never rented from here before, but drove by many times. The end-to-end process couldn't have been easier (and we're NOT experienced kayakers), and the afternoon paddle up & down the Charles was perfect - with plenty of sightseeing (including seven turtles on & off... More 

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Boston area
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Great place - they rent a variety of boats/canoes/kayaks/standup boards and also have instruction, group events (i.e. evening paddles) and a very nice staff. The river is lovely in this area. It's just beyond the Marriott Hotel and easy to find.

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Durham, NC
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We spent a lovely summer day with the kids (10 and 11 yrs old) stand up paddle boarding (first time and they LOVED it!), and we adults more sedately in a canoe. What fun! We paddled downstream to Ware's Cove for a picnic and back. The rental process was fast and easy. We'll be back... adults want to try SUPs... More 

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