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Address: 455 Nahanton St, Newton, MA 02459-3201
Phone Number: 617-965-5110
Fee: Yes

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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A beautiful day with beautiful views

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Newton, Massachusetts, United States
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Newton, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank EPR12
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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.

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.

Thank myriamgbst
Newton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 

Thank mitch708
Newton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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

Thank themusicaldynamo
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.

Thank esj59
Newton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

What a soothing and delightful hour on the Charles! I rented a canoe with a friend this Sunday afternoon. The Nahanton Park Paddling adventure brings a more remote section of the Charles into view. Meandering river with heavily wooded banks and perfect weather made a temporary change of scene from my usual urban haunts. Renting was easy and we were... More 

Thank Deborah B
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

My husband and I went canoeing on Sunday afternoon. We were able to park the car in the lot, then walk a short distance to the equipment desk. Within about ten minutes we were in the canoe on the river with our life preservers on. A staff person sat in the canoe until we got in from the dock. The... More 

Thank bettejohn
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great way to spend a summer day! I had never been in a kayak before and was worried my lack of upper body strength would make this a grueling activity. Nope...couldn't have been more wrong. You use your core strength. We had a very pleasant afternoon floating and rowing down the Charles River. The shoreline is overgrown so you don't... More 

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