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Address: 455 Nahanton St, Newton, MA 02459-3201
Phone Number: 617-965-5110
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Nahanton Park consists of 57 acres of forests, meadows, and gardens along...

Nahanton Park consists of 57 acres of forests, meadows, and gardens along the Charles River. From our dock, canoeists and kayakers can enjoy more than 12 miles of uninterrupted flatwater, from Silk Mill Dam at Upper Falls to Dedham Ave in Needham. A significant portion of the river's shore along this section of river is parkland, including Cutler Park and Millennium Park, and most of the riverbank is forest and marsh.Our Nahanton Park location, off Nahanton St./Kendrick St. on the Newton/Needham town line, offers hourly canoe and kayak rentals, picnic tables, an indoor function room, and playing fields. Learn more about our Nahanton Park Location in Newton.To best see this outstanding stretch of river, try one of our Shuttled River Trips and spend the morning or the whole day floating down the Charles!

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Great canoeing and kayaking on the Charles River

Nice people, great on the water with wonderful views, wildlife and fun for the kids and the grown-ups

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Bob L
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Newton, Massachusetts
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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice people, great on the water with wonderful views, wildlife and fun for the kids and the grown-ups

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the time on the river, such a wonderful way to see the wildlife & appreciate all that nature has to offer. I have never before been kayaking but it was great fun & easy to find a rhythm. My one criticism would be of the system or lack thereof when checking in & paying. No one ever enquired... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Canoeing and kayaking on the Charles River in the summer and fall is a pleasurable experience. Waiting 15 to 20 minutes to pay the fee is not. There was only one person signing out and reclaiming the boats. There must be a better way to manage the flow of customers. Do that and a very good experience will become a... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

This is an easy, fun way to see another side of the Charles. There is quite a lot of wildlife and many beautiful vistas if you take the time to slow down and take a canoe trip along the Charles. Surprisingly close to a such a large city it is quiet and serene.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

A great plan to let your child feel connected with nature. The river was warm and the breeze was embracing us. The sun was light live. we rented 4 kayaks; one, double; two singles and; one, for child. The whole bill for almost 1 hour and half was 52 dollars. They had 25% off today. Great adventure and excellent service.

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Thank Salua K
Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful walk along the Charles right into Cambridge - watch for the geese: their droppings are everywhere! Kayaker love that spot.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

This is a lot of fun, whether you're in shape or not. (the better shape you're in the further you can explore). You can explore the coves, and turns of the river, hidden ways behind overgrown sandbars,.secret islands. Echoes under the bridge. single kayaks, doubles, family size, stand up boards, paddle wheels (more tiring than it's worth). The only negative... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

friendly experienced staff made my kayak renting experience very enjoyable- from the moment I walked in I felt comfortable and well taken care of

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

This establishment has four sites on the Charles River, and we chose the Newton location. The staff is very welcoming and helpful, and the prices are reasonable. The scenery is beautiful. You can go either north or south from the Newton location. Kayaking is a great family activity.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We're lucky to have this lovely natural resource so close to metro-Boston. If the weather cooperates, you'll have an outstanding experience. Beautiful surroundings, especially in autumn! And these purveyors are on point every time.

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