Charles River
Charles River
4.5
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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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dbinhou7511
Houston, TX1,563 contributions
Aug 2022
View the buildings and history along the river. Several universities have campuses along the river as well as historical bridges. Best way to see it is a tour along the river.
Written 29 March 2023
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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT2,113 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
From watching the crew teams practice their rhythmic sweep rowing to walking on the esplanade, I enjoy visiting every time I am in town. To enjoy the sights and energy of this area is a New England treat.
Written 16 August 2022
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cydney04106
Gloucester, Massachusetts312 contributions
May 2022
It's a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. You can just sit and watch the sailboats or run along path.
Written 23 May 2022
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Smertios
New York City, NY477 contributions
Oct 2021
Always a joy to run or walk along the Charles River on my stays in Cambridge. Watching the rowing teams or fellow runners.
Written 23 October 2021
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YearlyVacationer1
Baltimore, MD213 contributions
Sep 2021
Revisiting the Charles after being away for ~2 years due to COVID restrictions. It's a beautiful river well maintained with biking lanes and walking/jogging lanes. The crew teams were out rowing and it was pleasant to watch from our hotel window. In the rain, you can see the pattern of ripples along the water making for a nice serene quiet time.
Written 29 September 2021
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Gloria L
Austin, TX2,311 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
There were several docks where people relaxed, shared meals, or enjoyed drinks. It was so much fun walking on the esplanade and see the beautiful Charles River.
Written 24 August 2021
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TeamTex
Houston, Texas186 contributions
Aug 2021
We went on a long walk around the Charles River and enjoyed the views. There is more than enough room to walk on the sidewalks,
Written 10 August 2021
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RitaLyC
Chicago, IL408 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
The river was so large and calm it appeared to be a lake between Cambridge and Boston. We watched the sailboats and kayakers enjoy the river. It made a great setting for MIT and the Boston sky line.
Written 16 June 2021
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Miles Archer
Boca Raton, FL7,616 contributions
Apr 2021 • Solo
I sipped coffee and enjoyed the scenic river, then went for a long walk. The weather was cool but not cold. I saw a few other people on the walking paths and bicycle paths. Pleasant.
Written 20 April 2021
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Evie P
13 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
No words needed! View from our room at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Lovely to walk along the river and over Longfellow Bridge.
Written 1 November 2020
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