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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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$60.00*
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Cambridge and Charles River Segway Tour
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$43.48*
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Boston Duck Tour
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$57.75*
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Tour de Boston Bike Tour

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Good for walking or running or indeed cycling!

Theres a lovely path along the south side of the river that runs from Harvard uni to Boston centre pretty much. Worth a visit. Also good views of the river (frozen in winter) and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Theres a lovely path along the south side of the river that runs from Harvard uni to Boston centre pretty much. Worth a visit. Also good views of the river (frozen in winter) and of Boston city itself.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Nice river you got there Boston! Good thing you have bridges to cross it! Ha Ha, just kidding. Pretty iconic. Don't tell me you've been to Boston until you've marveled at this beauty!

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Trumbull, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great areas to walk or drive along to see views along the river Great spots to see the sunset as well.

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Lahore, Pakistan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pics are for a cloudy day but on Sunny day is charming. If you have more time then is great for kayaking and sailing as well with good rates offered

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

The Charles river in all its moods - brisk mornings , quiet afternoons, lazy Sunday's and rushed weekdays - has the ability to relax the mind and refresh the soul. One of my favorite walks is along the banks , on any side. You will catch glimpses of rowers , walkers , joggers and of memorabilia taped to a tree... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

My wife and I walked on the path adjacent to the Charles River when we went to Cambridge to visit Harvard. The river is a wonderful place to relax.

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

You will have a beautiful overview of the city and its history if you take the Duck Tour (named for the boats that are also land vehicles). The city has taken great strides to clean up the river and it shows!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

Was very lucky to have a beautiful sunny Nov morning - went for a walk across the bridge after MIT tour. So had views from both ends of river. Unobstructed gorgeous views of autumn colours of trees and skyline of buildings (Boston and MIT). Great running and cycling trails!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016 via mobile

A wonderful river, a beautiful view, a peace to sit for long hours for long conversations, we love, very very good

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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

We enjoyed the boat ride on the Charles. It was billed as an "architecture tour" which is what hooked us in initially. There was a docent on the boat narrating our ride, but she didn't educate us about the buildings or architectural styles we were seeing, mostly just commentary about the city and her personal preferences about the buildings. Not... More 

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