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Charles River Canoe & Kayak Cambridge at Kendall Square

500 Broad Canal St., Cambridge, MA 02146
617-965-5110
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Ranked #6 of 11 activities in Cambridge
Type: Tours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

Rented a two seater Kayak on the Charles River this summer. In my eyes one of the best ways to enjoy not only a vert nice way to explore the banks of Charles River on Cambridge side but also a front row seat for the best Boston skyline view. The staff is nice and supportive.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

This past 4th of July, my brother, my fiance, our dog, and I canoed the Charles to watch the fireworks. It... was... spectacular !! A definite must-do. They asked we bring a 100' rope and anchor so we brought at 25lb cinder block. We didn't need the rope since they tied their rope to our anchor for us. When we... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

We rented a canoe to watch the fireworks on the fourth. Check in and out we're both amazingly efficient and it was a fun idea, but the amount of boat traffic and currents made it tricky to actually sit back and enjoy the show. A kayak may have been a better choice. All in all, a good experience, but not... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We did a guided Kayaking tour for 2 hours in July 2013. The guide taught us how to kayak, gave us great history about Boston and the Charles River. One note - it is a decent workout on the tour. You are kayaking (meaning rowing) almost continuously for 2 hours. We are in our early 30's, workout a few times... More

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

I love kayaking and when I saw that you could kayak in the middle of Boston I knew I had to do it! The company was pretty well organized and the hourly rates were reasonable. You get a good view of the skyline and there is even an inlet to the Espanade.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

We rented a kayak -very reasonable price. Bit concerned as we were advised that a big storm was due within the hour but assumed that if we were allowed to rent the kayak it must be ok......in the event we cut short our paddle as a boat came out telling all those still on the water to get back to... More

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Mexico City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

My kids and I rented two kayaks. We walked from Kendall MIT . We were given some safety information, life vests and we were set to go. Once we got to Charles River I got a bit scared as there are bigger boats and sailboats around, but there was no problem. The water does not look very clean...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2011

Last week a friend and I decided to join the Charles River Canoe and Kayak on a tour. We're both delighted we did. They're located right in Kendall Square (parking garage is right there too). Our guides were very informative and gave a short lesson to our group of 8 before actually kayaking. Some were novice kayakers and the rest... More

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