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Charles River Canoe & Kayak

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Address: 1071 Soldiers Field Rd, Allston, Boston, MA 02134-1045
Phone Number:
+1 617-965-5110
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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I wanted to go kayaking on my birthday while on vacation this summer in Boston. We rented kayaks here and had a great morning kayaking on the St. Charles River. The staff was... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2016
Michael B
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Quincy, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

If you are looking to get away from the bustle of the city and have some fun with your family or friends, seriously consider a trip to Charles River canoe and kayak, and try out some of the latest boats on the flat water of the Charles. Easy to access off of Soldiers Field road.

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Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

I wanted to go kayaking on my birthday while on vacation this summer in Boston. We rented kayaks here and had a great morning kayaking on the St. Charles River. The staff was very helpful. This is a great way to see the city. We saw Harvard, BU and then the Boston skyline. It was so much fun. We loved... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 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.

Thank Tonsoffuntravel
Boylston, MA
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Reviewed 21 August 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 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.

Thank World1000Traveller
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 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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Reviewed 31 July 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 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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