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Charles River Canoe & Kayak

Address: 1071 Soldier's Field Road, Allston, Boston, MA (Allston / Brighton)
Phone Number: 617-965-5110
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Ranked #39 of 149 Activities in Boston
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Enjoy an outing on one of the most scenic sections of urban river in the country. An experience on the Charles River from our Boston location in Allston/Brighton is a wonderful respite from the surrounding city, with parkland on both shores and rowers plying the waters. Head downstream and you'll encounter local colleges (Harvard, M.I.T., and B.U.) and eventually the Esplanade (a great picnic spot!) and the unforgettable Boston skyline.This nine-mile stretch of river has no current, allowing painless round trips. However, renters can also enjoy one-way trips to or from our Cambridge location in Kendall Square — a unique way to see the city!

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Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I took this tour with my wife on a cloudy summer day. I've lived in Massachusetts for decades but this tour allowed me to see Boston from an entirely new perspective and learn some things I did not know before. The tour of the Navy Yard was especially cool. Neither my wife nor I are very experienced kayakers but the... More

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92 reviews 92 reviews
23 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

My daughter and I did this yesterday and we had a hoot! Checking in was a bit confusing as they have a tent to check-in at and a trailer to check out at but they are not labeled very well. Once checked in though the process for us at least was quick and easy. We went on a Saturday about... More

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Belmont, Massachusetts
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This is such a great way to spend some quality time outdoors without leaving the metro area. My wife and youngest son love kayaking and the older one and I like to be in a canoe. So this works out perfect for the four of us. If you leave from the location on Soldiers Field Road, you have the choice... More

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Singapore, Singapore
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

My friends and I really enjoyed kayaking at Charles River, Boston! We had to take basic "test" as first timer to understand the rules and safety applied. As none of us know how to kayak, we seek assistance to give us some advice. Well, the young guys spent only 1min to explain the basic method of kayaking and off we... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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313 reviews 313 reviews
59 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

My sister and I tend to tend a kayak atleast once per summer from here. We paddle for hours on the Charles River and see Boston in the only "quiet way" possible. There is a sense of serenity when you're out on the water that can't be found many other places in Boston. The prices are very reasonable and they... More

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Eugene, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

This is probably the best place to kayak in Mass, with great view of the city of Boston! There service is also good -- they help you to be save and enjoy the trip!

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Boston, Massachusetts
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

My family and I experienced an amazing sunset kayak trip up and down the Charles River in August. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and informative about the history of Boston and sights along the Charles River. It was unforgettable!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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83 reviews 83 reviews
27 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We stayed in Beacon Hill, so it was a quick walk across the Longfellow Bridge to Kendall Square. We loved the friendliness of the staff and especially the 3 hour Harbour Kayak tour and our guide, Ed. It was fun to not only kayak, but to hear the harbour history, go through the locks (seriously, how fun is it to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

We did the 3 hour kayak tour where you kayak up the canal, into the Charles river, through the locks then into Boston harbour. The tour was awesome. Our guide was great and she had lots of interesting facts about Boston.

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Wonderful expercience, especially great that we could get the configuration exactly as we had it in mind (one of our 8-yos in his very own kayak, the other with an adult, two 10-yrolds in a double, and two adults each in a single). Lots of boats and safety gear, no waiting time, great fun.

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