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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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Very good time for an entire family!

Very good time for an entire family! Different types of boats are available. Very friendly and helpful staff. Free parking.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 5, 2016
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

Very good time for an entire family! Different types of boats are available. Very friendly and helpful staff. Free parking.

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Burley in Wharfedale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

My husband, son (13) and I did the SUP class in Allston/Brighton in early August. We had tried paddleboarding before, but found it more difficult that we had expected. In 90 minutes, we covered a lot of material and the instructors were very helpful in commenting on things like our form. The quality of the instruction was actually better than... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

The Kendal Square location is very convenient, with plenty of restaurants to enjoy when you finish. On a Wednesday evening in August, they were rather crowded. Staff was friendly and efficient. Dogs are allowed on the Kayaks.

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Boylston, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

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

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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