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Charles River Canoe & Kayak

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Address: 1071 Soldiers Field Rd, Allston, Boston, MA 02134-1045
Phone Number: 617-965-5110
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Enjoy an outing on one of the most scenic sections of urban river in the...

Enjoy an outing on one of the most scenic sections of urban river in the country. An experience on the Charles River from our Boston location in Allston/Brighton is a wonderful respite from the surrounding city, with parkland on both shores and rowers plying the waters. Head downstream and you'll encounter local colleges (Harvard, M.I.T., and B.U.) and eventually the Esplanade (a great picnic spot!) and the unforgettable Boston skyline.This nine-mile stretch of river has no current, allowing painless round trips. However, renters can also enjoy one-way trips to or from our Cambridge location in Kendall Square — a unique way to see the city!

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A wonderful two hour tour from Kendall Sq

My wife and I booked the 2 hour "Sunset" tour from Kendall Square (close to our hotel, but also a couple of minutes from the T) and were delighted with the experience. Obviously... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Boylston, MA

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Boylston, MA
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I booked the 2 hour "Sunset" tour from Kendall Square (close to our hotel, but also a couple of minutes from the T) and were delighted with the experience. Obviously, a 4:30pm-6:30pm tour in August won't coincide with "sunset" in Boston, but it is a lovely time of day and the views are spectacular. Our tour guide,... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great time kayaking on the Charles. This is the Best thing to do in Boston! Great directions and explanation on the website.

Thank World1000Traveller
Hong Kong, China
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118 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here in Summer. It's such a beautiful river. The canoe are nice and new. The surrounding is very beautiful and remover to bring some breads . There are a lot of ducks . Come if u like outdoor

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Cape Cod, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yesterday My friend and I rented a kayak from the Kendall square location. We drove, parked at the Kendall square parking garage. Walked last then 5 minutes away. Then the fun began. 1. Fill out forms , which includes a waiver and a brief quiz(don't be nervous I'm sure you will pass) 2. Give your license or some other valid... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

My dad and I had a blast on the Charles River. The folks were fast and friendly...and made renting very easy. We rented a dry bag for $1 to keep our items dry. We are experienced kayakers and the kayaks, life jackets and paddles were of very good quality. I highly recommend this as a great way to see the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

For the last four years we have been kayaking on the Charles and it's one of our favorite Boston experiences. Our family (teenagers included) often come and bring friends. We enjoy it at 10am, after work, on weekends, whenever. We even got a flotilla together (adults, teens and grandparents) for the July 4th fireworks spectacular and it was simply stellar... More 

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Macomb, Michigan
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

Perfect spot to trek around the Charles River. The employees were all courteous and friendly. Very well organized and reasonably priced. Thanks!!!

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Cary, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 639 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

We did a one way from Harvard Square to Cambridge...2 single kayaks and a double ran us over $100 for an hour. It was an enjoyable way to see MIT and parts of the city. Staff was excellent and had a safety quiz for us when it was over. Arrived by the T and left by Uber. They have dry... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

We're in Cambridge for the first time and thought it would be fun to kayak on the Charles. We had a very nice time and the staff at the Charles River Canoe And Kayak were very nice and helpful! My daughter rented a paddle board and I kayaked. It is a very nice Wai to see Cambridge. I would definitely... More 

Thank Gabrielle J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

We went into to the city with our two you d children and had passed by this on our way in and decided to stop. Had a great time and only $20 for all 4 of us in one canoe. Well organized and quick and efficient getting us in the water. We were pretty experienced but I could see where... More 

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