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Address: Cambridge, MA
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A nature reservation covering 950 acres along both sides of the Charles...

A nature reservation covering 950 acres along both sides of the Charles River offers bicycle and jogging paths, 12 tennis courts, six swimming pools and the popular Hatch Memorial Shell with live concerts.

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$29*
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90 Minute Architecture Cruise on the Charles River
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$40*
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Boston Duck Tour
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$47*
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American History Tour: Cambridge, Lexington and Concord Day Trip from Boston

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Oh Charles!

This place is must-visit. The sidewalk, the weather, the view, the nature all are incredible. I also tried kayaking, it was a fantastic experience with friends. I insist to try... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place is must-visit. The sidewalk, the weather, the view, the nature all are incredible. I also tried kayaking, it was a fantastic experience with friends. I insist to try kayaking there.

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Hamilton, Bermuda
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Nothing really special. Great views overlooking the river towards Boston or Cambridge. Lots of joggers or rowers. Have a fun ride on a Duck Tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic views and a lovely walk in the morning or early evening. You can get on the water and try your hand at sailing or canoeing or experience it as part of the duck tour.

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Thank BristolPickle
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Can stroll along the river in the evenings for a beautiful sunset and view of the boats. Or can rent a kayak or a bike.

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Thank Mina50952
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A must see attraction. Beautiful view, beautiful river! ❤️ One of the best views from cambridge to boston! Just awesome.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're in the area, you can't miss the Charles. Great for walks and runs, rent a kayak or canoe and relax on the river. Not super busy on the water, but the trails and paths can be. Take your dog! They're welcome on Paddle Boston.

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Thank Cara C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Charles River loop between the Mass. Ave. bridge and the Longfellow Bridge or Science museum is a scenic walk or run. Less than 3 miles for the loop going over the Longfellow, less than 4 miles crossing at the Science Museum. Can start anywhere but suggest you go clockwise so that on the Cambridge side you're walking facing the... More 

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Thank Yutaka I
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Charles River is special in any season and just about any time of the day or night. This morning the river was calm with a cool reassuring breeze. The day was peaceful- even though the city was waking up- it felt good to have the natural beauty of the river to enjoy. It is one of the best feature... More 

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Thank Jennifer J
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Whether you choose to walk along the Charles on the Boston or the Cambridge side--you can't go wrong! Scenic from any view, the river is clean--clean enough for swimming in designated areas. On the Boston side you walk along F.L Olmstead's "Emerald Necklace" with its healthy, carefully selected trees. Pass the Hatch Shell of July 4th fame. Boating is splendid!... More 

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

For many years on end, I sailed the Charles River because of my lifetime membership in Community Boating. But don't try to do that on the 3rd or 4th of July when there are fireworks barges in the Charles River (as I did one year - one needs to be VERY VERY VERY careful).

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