We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book In Advance
All photos (343)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“both sides”(34 reviews)
“dirty water”(14 reviews)
“rowing teams”(11 reviews)
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.
Cambridge, MA
Improve This Listing
Ways to Experience Charles River
from $57.75
More Info
from $57.75
More Info
from $44.80
More Info
Reviews (738)
Filter reviews
574 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews both sides dirty water rowing teams rent a kayak boston skyline storrow drive memorial drive lovely walk duck beacon hill people watching science museum harvard square boats banks regatta esplanade
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 574 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At any time of year you can choose either side of the river — for a walk, jog, conversation, photo, etc. and enjoy the best of Boston. With the river as a central (and strangely shaped) artery in the center of the city you can...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 777jmb
Reviewed 1 week ago

During warmer months, friends take a picnic basket and sit along the river to watch the sun go down. But most folk like to run or walk along the expansive bike path. Don't miss all the wild ducks and white geese under the BU bridge

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank darialyman1968
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Must have walked across this river 6 times and driven over it 6 times as well to various metings. Love,y view great for walking and cycling.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank markandsian
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What I loved about my trip to Watertown Is you can run along the river. It's beautiful in the morning

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sneha0202
Reviewed November 14, 2018

What is there to say? A beautiful, historic river with lots of lovely bridges, magnificent boathouses. Hosts one of the most, if not the most, important regatta in the world each fall.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Leah v
Reviewed November 12, 2018

Easy trails to follow, good for walkers (not the waking dead variety) and cyclists. Rowing is popular from 6am to 9am, lots of other boating going on too. Great views from the Northside to downtown.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank j0hnmac1314
Reviewed November 5, 2018

The Charles River has delightful paved paths, for walking, running, or biking. They are easy to navigate and offer beautiful views of all of the boat traffic on the Charles. Get out and enjoy!

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank 970alexanderp
Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

We love our time on the Charles, whether he runs it or we stroll, it is always amazing. Boston has so many places to just take it all in and this is certainly one of our favs!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dillons1203
Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

A series of small parks connected with paved well lit paths line the River on the Cambridge side with a spectacular view of the Boston Skyline as a backdrop. The parks were clean well maintained and despite it being early in the morning I never...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tom0874
Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

Long walk on the banks of Charles is a great experience.the skyline of Boston is awesome from Cambridge side.one can a the best view of world famous MIT while walking.this is one of the best walks along the river I have made .allot best quality...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sundaram R
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 20 nearby hotels
Kendall Hotel
1,140 reviews
.21 miles away
Boston Marriott Cambridge
1,111 reviews
.29 miles away
Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Cambridge
500 reviews
.33 miles away
Le Meridien Boston Cambridge
355 reviews
.68 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 698 nearby restaurants
208 reviews
.32 miles away
231 reviews
.35 miles away
Legal Sea Foods
891 reviews
.25 miles away
222 reviews
.36 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 151 nearby attractions
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
969 reviews
.24 miles away
Charles River Bike Path
208 reviews
.43 miles away
MIT Museum
614 reviews
.56 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
May 10, 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Quinta V | Reviewed this property |
There is a train nearby called Saint Paul that can leave you at the airport. It is located crossing the street from the hotel. The mbta (train) closes at midnight.
Rami K
September 30, 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from christiang423 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry i don't have the information
June 5, 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from YasserS296 | Reviewed this property |
U can order taxi because back bay is a little bit far it's not walkable