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Charles River

Cambridge, MA
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Ranked #4 of 47 Attractions in Cambridge
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Type: Bodies of Water, Scenic Drives
Activities: Canoeing
Owner description: A nature reservation covering 950 acres along both sides of the Charles River offers bicycle and jogging paths, 12 tennis courts, six swimming pools... more » Owner description: A nature reservation covering 950 acres along both sides of the Charles River offers bicycle and jogging paths, 12 tennis courts, six swimming pools and the popular Hatch Memorial Shell with live concerts. « less
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133 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Take the boat trip from behind the Cambridge Galleria at Lechmere: you can get a "T" right there. It's worth the $15 for an hour on the river, but you soon realise that the guide is struggling to fill the hour with interesting commentary of what you can actually see. It's a nice trip though, showing the Longfellow Bridge, the... More

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Makati, Philippines
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Good path for walking, running, jogging. Kayaking, boating canoeing are activites that are often observed. Quite peaceful and the water is serene. Space was available when we were there. Not sure if the water is clean.

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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34 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

It was a very hot day and it was lovely walk between the two bridges with a park either side - we also went passed the MIT building.

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Harwinton, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Lots of boaters. Parks on both shores. Don't have 50 characters to tell. Annoying constraint. Berfsk.

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Houston, Texas
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14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It is so peaceful and everything on it seems to glide. We saw skullers and kayakers and people out on their canoes having a wonderful time. They only had to compete with the ducks for space.

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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Could not help humming "Dirty Water" while walking along the Charles, but it is anything but that these days! It is very busy with jiggers along the trails, kayakers and crew boats (especially during school seasons). You can meander across the river and back using several of the bridges. Beautiful picture taking from the bridges in the evening

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Cottered
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The boat trip was a great way to see the Boston and Cambridge sides of the river. Excellent local knowledge of the boat staff provided interesting stimulation for future visits.

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Blue Bell, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Great views of downtown Boston and great walking area along the river. Great for biking, walking, and boating.

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Canton, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

The Charles, as the locals call it, is often full of activity. One day we took a walk along the Esplanade starting in Beacon Hill area by the Union Boat Club. We watched from the Bridge as rowers lowered their boats into the river and began practice for the day. The scene of the rowers on the water as they... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Charles River divides the city of Cambridge from the city of Boston. It is the only place in the world where you can find a plane flying over a train riding over a car passing over a boat! Yes, the Charles River is unique for that alone. But you can choose any place along both sides of its banks... More

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