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Address: 455 Nahanton St., Newton, MA 02459
Phone Number: 617-965-5110
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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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Great Way to Spend a Summer Afternoon

Great way to spend a summer day! I had never been in a kayak before and was worried my lack of upper body strength would make this a grueling activity. Nope...couldn't have been... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great way to spend a summer day! I had never been in a kayak before and was worried my lack of upper body strength would make this a grueling activity. Nope...couldn't have been more wrong. You use your core strength. We had a very pleasant afternoon floating and rowing down the Charles River. The shoreline is overgrown so you don't... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We saw tons of turtles, a deer on the shore and a great blue heron to add to the enjoyment of the trip. There are no rapids or dangerous spots. It goes into the great Dedham marsh that is seen from Rte 128.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

the people are great but there is no hanicapped help i had a stoke and wanted to go kayaking you have to sit on the dock and get in well i cold not th parking in way to far away it would be ok if you had nothing wrong with you but a half mile walk no way it is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Free and easy parking, low cost, got right out within minutes of arrival. Staff was great and helpful. Couldn't be better.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

There are other canoe launches along the Charles but nothing beats the ease of access and quietness of the river in this area. While most people go upstream to the larger bodies of water, you should opt to go downstream and explore the less traveled portions of the Charles. Very much worthwhile and probably the only true suburban point of... More 

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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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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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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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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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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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