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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 #47 of 175 Activities in Boston
Type: Tours, Adventure
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...
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Type: Tours, Adventure
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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Durham, North Carolina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

On a sunny summer afternoon, kayaking in the Charles river is just perfect. It's simply beautiful view, making it the experience sooo relaxing.

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Orlando, Florida
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303 helpful votes 303 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This is definitely the way we wanted to spend the day wondering around the banks of the Charles River. The river made us feel like getting away from the buzz that is Boston and gave us a feel of being on the country side versus a large city. A must do while in Boston!

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Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
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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
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70 helpful votes 70 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
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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
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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
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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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16 reviews 16 reviews
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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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28 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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