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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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$18.89*
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One Hour Charles River Sightseeing Cruise
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$28.88*
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90 Minute Architecture Cruise on the Charles River
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$39.79*
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Boston Duck Tour

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Nice view and walk

We were on they Cambridge side where they are just completing a walkway and making enhancements. By the time we were leaving a dusty track was tar laid. Great place for a stroll... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Chris S
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Poole, United Kingdom
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Poole, United Kingdom
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449 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were on they Cambridge side where they are just completing a walkway and making enhancements. By the time we were leaving a dusty track was tar laid. Great place for a stroll, run or cycle.

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Being out on the Charles River viewing the Boston skyline is a great feeling, especially at sunset. The waterway from the harbor to the mall near the courthouse is an amazing ride! Never a dull moment. Nice to be able to park the boat, shop in the mall, have a meal at one of the fantastic restaurants and hang out... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 871 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great to hang on the banks of the river and watch the crew teams practice. Depending on where you are on the river you can get some amazing views. Towards Boston you can see the sailboats and Boston in the background when sitting on the Cambridge side. We were more up near Harvard Square, so we just relaxed and watched... More 

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Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can just sit there for hours and enjoy the sun. If you have enough time just take some minutes there.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Spectacular views Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter and much to do! The view of Cambridge from Boston can't be beat unless of course you're in Cambridge looking toward Boston. Toward the easternmost view is the Bunker Hill/Zakim Memorial Bridge. The unique Longfellow, or Salt & Pepper, Bridge is a sight to see from either side. Continuing along from east to... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a river that offered quite a few activities like watersports too. Can enjoy the beautiful view of the other side from the river bank.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the duck tour as well as walked along the river promenade. Truly delightful. Find the time to enjoy the Charles.

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our walk on the bank of the beautiful Charles river, on the BU side. Canoes and kayaks were sliding down the river, bikers and joggers zipping across the path. We were blessed with a pleasant August afternoon, clear skies, and a cool breeze. The views of Cambridge are amazing.. A walk across the Longfellow bridge on a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's the pride of Boston. Their are lovely cruises from the harbour. It's beautiful at different times of the day. Gives a kind of freshness to the city with universities situated on its banks. It has a lovely jogging track and it's sides are the favourite hangout for students.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very courteous staff, seats are merely rows of folding chairs, not at all comfortable but on top of that are not secured to the ground. We were surrounded by very loud gatherings of party goers who moved all the chairs into a circle in the middle of the boat and continued to yell and carry on. It was extremely difficult... More 

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