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Charles River Canoe & Kayak

1071 Soldier's Field Road, Allston, Boston, MA (Allston/Brighton)
617-965-5110
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Ranked #34 of 137 activities in Boston
Type: Tours
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... more » 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! « less
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Boston, Massachusetts
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314 reviews 314 reviews
60 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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
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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
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5 helpful votes 5 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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21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Revere, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Such a nice and relaxing escape from city life! Take a lunch and stop in one of the many wooded areas for lunch to add to a nice visit. Reasonably priced at 20/hour for a double kayak, rentals, and life jackets. Must take a self explanatory safety quiz before renting. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Will definitely be... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We rented two doubled kayaks. If was simple to rent, good thing we had previous experience. Im not sure there would have been much instruction. They just kinda gave us the gear and set us free. We didn't get a map of the area until we were finished. Great day and location to kayak. It was a bit pricey though.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

I have gone kayaking twice on the Charles River using the Charles River Canoe and Kayak venues. This past weekend I went for the Fourth of July and was fantastic! For $10-15/person you could go out for an hour on the Charles! Depending on your level of experience of the heat during the day, that may be all you need.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Our friends, my husband and I decided to go for an afternoon of kayaking on the Charles on Labor Day. We went to the Soldier's Field location as the Kendall location reported they were having a blue algae problem. The parking lots were quite full when we arrived, and our friends had some trouble finding a spot, but soon we... More

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