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Charles River Canoe & Kayak

455 Nahanton St., Newton, MA 02459
617-965-5110
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Ranked #1 of 18 attractions in Newton
Type: Water sports
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... more » 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! « less
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Newton, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 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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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
2 helpful votes 2 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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6 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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Newton, Massachusetts, USA
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89 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

I'm happy to live in walking distance of this place. A huge variety of boats, allowing you to explore a pleasant/tranquil section of the river, at least once you get away from the boathouse and the I-90/128 interchange. Prices could be a little lower, but aren't horrible. And this place participates in cleaning up the Charles which is an admirable... More

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Newton, Massachusetts
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78 reviews 78 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

It's just a relaxed fun. You'll have to go downstream to avoid the highway noise, and remember to calculate extra time for going back. The price is really fare and it's a beautiful part of the river.

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MA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I love the opportunity to get in a kayak so close to home and to tourist destinations. Prices for kid kayaks (up to age 12) are very low and so it makes a great family outing.

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