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Address: Cambridge, MA
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A nature reservation covering 950 acres along both sides of the Charles...

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.

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Picturesque view, relaxing walk

Nice walking trails and lovely views. Beautiful in Spring when cherries blossom. Along the river, there are playgrounds as well as relaxing spots perfect for enjoying a book or a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Ana M
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Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Nice walking trails and lovely views. Beautiful in Spring when cherries blossom. Along the river, there are playgrounds as well as relaxing spots perfect for enjoying a book or a picnic.

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Marietta, Georgia
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful and relaxing environment. I enjoyed seeing the boaters. The view of Boston is really gorgeous!

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Izmir, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you visit Boston you should take a walk, or morning gym around the Charles River. You can cross the river either on foot or by metro to reach the Cambridge side of Boston where the MIT and Harvard placed.

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was visiting Cambridge University and made a short stop at the Charles River Yacht Club. The view was picturesque with the MIT on on side and the river on the other. Spent a quiet time by myself and enjoyed the view.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

They say that while it was once so polluted that all the university oarsman had to have tetanus shots, it's now swimmable. Let's hear it for our good old River Chuck!

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Vermont, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Charles River offers plenty of opportunites for people watching, walking, or just enjoying the outside. It is possible to rent boats of several types and also has great sidewalks for rollerblading or biking.

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Philadelphia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Though I'm biased to Charles River in summer time (it's colorful and gracing sailboats; kayaks and people's enjoying to its full the sunny and long days after gloomy winter), a wintry day offers a unique moment when you and Charles, and nobody else, face each other. A frozen river will become a landing site for ducks and geese, your eyes... More 

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Accra, Ghana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the Charles River. I love its pulsing throughout the heart of Boston. I love the boathouses and the crews that are out int he river. I love it when the winters are so cold that people are skating on it. It is a huge source of beauty and sport and pleasure.

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Simply the best thing to see/do while in Boston or Cambridge. The Charles River has a bike path along both the Boston and Cambridge sides, so it's very easy to walk and enjoy the views. The views from Cambridge are better, as you get to see the Boston skyline. Best time to do it is during sunset or evening. Perhaps... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

We walked along the banks of the Charles River and very much enjoyed the views all around. The thing that was pretty cool were the rowing guys practicing up and down the river. Very impressive the speed and timing those guys have. Great place to get away from the city center.

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