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Address: Cambridge, MA
Activities: Canoeing
Description: 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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Boston Duck Tour

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love that dirty water

what else can be said? oh apparently I have to say more or trip won't post it. So you know, theres a song, it's funny, we love it. Let's all go have a picnic.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

what else can be said? oh apparently I have to say more or trip won't post it. So you know, theres a song, it's funny, we love it. Let's all go have a picnic.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

i like to say the Charles River is like the Seine in Paris. Boston is the right bank and Cambridge is the left bank. Whether you want to relax and watch the action on the river or be a part of it - in good weather it offers so much. Community boating near the Charles MGH stop on the Red... More 

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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215 reviews 215 reviews
38 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

When you are in Boston, you must cross some bridge and see the view of Charles river! I remember when I first came to Boston someone drove over Mass Ave bridge and I saw this gorgeous skyline of night scene of Boston. I fell in love. During the summer you can enjoy Kayaking on Charles river and it is so... More 

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Burlington, Vermont
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The Charles River is a worth your time to see. It is great to walk or run on the paths along the river. In the warm months, a Duck Tour is a must !

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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116 attraction reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I'd you're a tourist and want something to do. The. The river is well worth a boat trip, as you can get food views of the buildings either side.

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burlington, vt
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This river is beautiful in all seasons. I must say that me favorite time of year is the Fall. I highly recommend going to the Head of the Charles Regatta. It is the largest regatta in the world. It is just awesome. Plus you have all of Cambridge and Boston right there to enjoy!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The Charles River has beautiful views of both Boston and Cambridge. The skyline at night leaves one speechless. This was my 5 time traveling to the area of the past 2 years and I still love it! Would move here in a heartbeat just for the views.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This is a Boston gem for sure. The Cambridge side offers a nice place to walk/run, with great Boston views. The Boston side offers great place to walk/run, along with many places to stop and relax, rent sailboats, skip over to Boston in 5 mins. If you come to Boston be sure to enjoy the Charles!

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240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

It's a river, not sure what you can do with it other than to walk along the banks. Not bad scenery, but nothing to get excited about. I just question listing this as an attraction.

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Hong Kong, China
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Beautiful seeing the rowers out on the river, all wrapped up to stay warm and rowing as singles, doubles, fours and eights.

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