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Address: 455 Nahanton St., Newton, MA 02459
Phone Number: 617-965-5110
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Fee: Yes
Description: Nahanton Park consists of 57 acres of forests, meadows, and gardens along...
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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Relaxing family canoeing

I've been canoeing this stretch of the Charles for more than 30 years. I recommend going downstream toward Waltham; lots of nature plus places to stop including the "Cove" in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

I've been canoeing this stretch of the Charles for more than 30 years. I recommend going downstream toward Waltham; lots of nature plus places to stop including the "Cove" in Newton and even a small island (I think it's called Fox Island). Theoretically you can go all the way to Moody Street dock but that would probably take at least... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Charles River Canoe offers multiple options for hitting the water spring, summer and into the fall to give you the full flavor of New England in your own backyard. The paddleboats, canoes, kayaks are easy to use and the lazy turns and swoops of the Charles River this far in from the harbor make it a wonderful venue for those... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
34 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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8 reviews 8 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
2 reviews
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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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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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