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Address: 1071 Soldier's Field Road, Allston, Boston, MA
Phone Number: 617-965-5110
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Enjoy an outing on one of the most scenic sections of urban river in the...
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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Life is Better on the Water

(Disclaimer: I live in Boston and this is one of my favorite things to do for a casual day in the sun or some exercise on the wahter.) A kayak tour provides a perspective of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

(Disclaimer: I live in Boston and this is one of my favorite things to do for a casual day in the sun or some exercise on the wahter.) A kayak tour provides a perspective of the city that is unattainable from land. They charge based on the time you're out, so I see a lot of people rush out and... More 

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Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We rented at the Waltham location, right behind Magaritas restaurant. The staff was very helpful - they help you get in and out of the boat. I had a very bad experience in a river in NH where the staff was not helpful at all and the river was very hard - we got stuck many times on rocks and... More 

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Elk River, Minnesota
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My husband and I rented a double kayak. We had such a fun time the river was nice and calm we had a little wake from a few boats going by. Saw lots of geese. ducks and turtles. We would definitely recommend this.

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We had a fun time starting in Allston/Brighton and ending at Kendall Square in Cambridge. Kayak rental process was easy and the staff was very helpful. We loved that we could do a one way rental- we just had to figure out which bus to get back to our car at the end of the day. But what a great... More 

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is great for people learning to kayak/canoe/paddle board as it's a quieter area of the river. Be aware that the pretentious "rowing club teams" demand river respect but you must also remember that you are the bottom of the river totem pole behind sails, motors etc. The staff are helpful and cater to all ages. It's amazing how quiet... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

The great thing about this activity is the easy accessibility, just pick a weekend when the weather is good, and hit the river and enjoy paddling.

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Dallas, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

My family & I (2 adults, 2 teens) rented two double kayaks yesterday from Charles River Canoe & Kayak - the Cambridge/Kendall Square location. It was quite easy and efficient to secure the kayaks and get on the water. The entire process (fill out forms, take a quick safety quiz, get paddles & life preservers, settle into your kayak) took... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is consistently my favorite place to explore Boston, get a different perspective, get in a workout, and relax.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Went out in a canoe with family including young kid and it was a blast. What a surprise. Turned out to be a "life moment" day. They ran the orientation very smoothly and they make you pay at the end, which expedites the process in the beginning significantly. Well done. The Charles River was also very smooth the day we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

We went earlier in the morning before the sun got really hot. It was also good because we didn't have to wait long. It can get busy so plan ahead! Lots of fun!

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