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Address: 500 Broad Canal St., Cambridge, MA 02146
Phone Number: 617-965-5110
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Paddle in the heart of Boston and Cambridge from our location in Kendall...

Paddle in the heart of Boston and Cambridge from our location in Kendall Square! Treat yourself to a phenomenal view of the Boston skyline and the Esplanade, as well as other nearby landmarks like the Zakim Bridge, M.I.T., the Museum of Science, and Boston University. 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 Boston location in Allston/Brighton — a unique way to see the city! Experienced paddlers can even venture into Boston Harbor for an unforgettable adventure! Our Kendall Square location also hosts our spectacular Skyline Tours, Harbor Tours, and Barbeque Tours — a wonderful way for anyone to see the river.

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So glad we did it

At first we thought it was too far to walk from the Back Bay and started to flake on the idea, but I'm so glad we didn't. We made the walk across the bridge, got our kayaks... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

At first we thought it was too far to walk from the Back Bay and started to flake on the idea, but I'm so glad we didn't. We made the walk across the bridge, got our kayaks quickly and jumped in the water. The staff was friendly and helpful and gave suggestions as needed. We paddled way out and it... More 

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Thank babycatmaaa
Whitefish Bay
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Great place to kayak. Wonderful views of the city. Sailboats, duck boats, lots of action, beautiful sky!! Whether you are into serious exercise, or just want to tranquilly paddle at a leisurely pace, this is a great place to do it. Fabulous customer service, mostly MIT students, all knowledgeable and helpful, especially for beginners.

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Thank 413catherinep
Boston
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Great customer service. Super friendly staff. Went canoeing with my two kids (7 and 4) and we absolutely loved it. Will be doing this (probably) every weekend!

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Thank Chenster02453
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

My favorite pass time is to either run, walk or ride along Charles River specially at the esplanade area. I never tried canoeing but always wanted to try it out and I was glad that I did when my daughter took me for my b-day. Once we got there a nice lady at the tent area handed us a clipboard... More 

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Thank maria c
Grafton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

A great way to see the city! We had forgotten drinks, and were thrilled that they were selling water and Gatorage for only $2 each. Dry bags were availble to rent for only $1. The discount parking was a perk. The kayack's and pfd's were in excellent condition. Will definitely do this again in the fall.

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Thank Karen M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We were so lucky the weather held so we could take this amazing tour via kayak. Our tour guide, Ed,caws knowledgeable and taught us a lot about the history of the city and the harbor. You don't need to be a seasoned kayaker to go on this tour. The staff is great. Loved traveling through the locks! Definitely add this... More 

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Thank Beth B
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Kayaking out of the new tech towers area of Kendall Square can be fun and challenging in a good way. I've done this with a guide and without a guide. Either way it's a lot of fun, just try to stay aware of which way the wind is blowing. I'm no sailor, but if the wind is helping you go... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

So happy the river is clean enough to enjoy up close. There are nine bridges between Cambridge and Boston over the Charles River. This is a great way to view the iconic Leonard P. Zakim Bridge

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

We decided to kayak the Charles River and chose this location. They were very helpful in getting out and the experience on the water was awesome. You get out there and see all the cool sailboats with their sails out and other people kayaking. Very cool experience.

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Thank Eileen R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Our party of 6 arrived in the early afternoon to rent 3 two-person kayaks. Free parking Is available just above the area where the boats are put-in. We had no problem finding a parking place...and it was a Saturday in July! There were a handful of people ahead of us but this is a very efficient process. I am figuring... More 

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