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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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It was beautiful

We stayed right on the water it was very relaxing . The Royal Sonesta was a gorgeous hotel to stay at.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Horsham, Pennsylvania
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Horsham, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We stayed right on the water it was very relaxing . The Royal Sonesta was a gorgeous hotel to stay at.

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Rye, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Also can rent kayaks and sunfish for sailing...alive with students from surrounding universities...beware of bicycles, they seem to "take" the right of way

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east northport
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Anytime we visit Cambridge [Harvard] the River is really what draws you in. Often times you will see the Harvard Crew teams and that makes it all the more exciting. If you have a chance to just take a stroll, you won't be disappointed. You'll see people reading, running and having a picnic at all times of the day.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I must admit, it feels a bit odd to review a river. That said, as someone who has seen their fair share of rivers running through cities, the Charles is pretty top-notch. From running along it, to boating on it (kayaking on the Charles is a blast on good days), to even swimming in it (yes! - but only in... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We are in town for the 2015 Boston Marathon, we are staying at the awesome Royal Sonesta Hotel on the Charles River. We love this river, this is a gorgeous river, don't miss it. If you're a runner or hiker this area is perfect, paved sidewalks begging for a good run on the shore or marina. While you are there,... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The river is great to walk along and just enjoy the nature (and rowers practicing). The wind can pick (in April) up so dress warmly.

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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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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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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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