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Address: 455 Nahanton St., Newton, MA 02459
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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kayak rental!

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

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

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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183 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
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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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 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.

1 Thank eye-of-newton
Boston, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
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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46 reviews
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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 

1 Thank L G
Newton, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We saw tons of turtles, a deer on the shore and a great blue heron to add to the enjoyment of the trip. There are no rapids or dangerous spots. It goes into the great Dedham marsh that is seen from Rte 128.

Thank Judith M
Newton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

the people are great but there is no hanicapped help i had a stoke and wanted to go kayaking you have to sit on the dock and get in well i cold not th parking in way to far away it would be ok if you had nothing wrong with you but a half mile walk no way it is... More 

Thank ladydi5741707
Rhode Island
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Free and easy parking, low cost, got right out within minutes of arrival. Staff was great and helpful. Couldn't be better.

Thank macksoudaj
Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

There are other canoe launches along the Charles but nothing beats the ease of access and quietness of the river in this area. While most people go upstream to the larger bodies of water, you should opt to go downstream and explore the less traveled portions of the Charles. Very much worthwhile and probably the only true suburban point of... More 

Thank Manny S

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