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“Great alternative way to see Boston!”

Charles River Canoe & Kayak Cambridge at Kendall Square
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Owner description: Paddle in the heart of Boston and Cambridge from our location in Kendall Square! Treat yourself to a phenomenal view of the Boston skyline and the Esplanade, as well as other nearby landmarks like the Zakim Bridge, M.I.T., the Museum of Science, and Boston University. 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 Boston location in Allston/Brighton — a unique way to see the city! Experienced paddlers can even venture into Boston Harbor for an unforgettable adventure! Our Kendall Square location also hosts our spectacular Skyline Tours, Harbor Tours, and Barbeque Tours — a wonderful way for anyone to see the river.
Worcester, United Kingdom
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“Great alternative way to see Boston!”
Reviewed 14 August 2012

We rented a kayak -very reasonable price. Bit concerned as we were advised that a big storm was due within the hour but assumed that if we were allowed to rent the kayak it must be ok......in the event we cut short our paddle as a boat came out telling all those still on the water to get back to a safe place. Still, it was a great way to see Boston from the river and I would love to do it again when we return to Boston.

Visited August 2012
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

My kids and I rented two kayaks. We walked from Kendall MIT . We were given some safety information, life vests and we were set to go. Once we got to Charles River I got a bit scared as there are bigger boats and sailboats around, but there was no problem. The water does not look very clean...

Visited July 2012
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“What a way to see Boston!”
Reviewed 31 August 2011

Last week a friend and I decided to join the Charles River Canoe and Kayak on a tour. We're both delighted we did. They're located right in Kendall Square (parking garage is right there too). Our guides were very informative and gave a short lesson to our group of 8 before actually kayaking. Some were novice kayakers and the rest of us have been more than a few times. The day was perfect - big blue sky w/a friendly, puffy cloud passing by from time to time. Our guides took us out by the Longfellow Bridge. We then heading down the Charles through the locks, under a train bridge and then the Zakim Bridge...then out into the Harbor. We viewed several dry dock areas from the old shipyard and then paddled over to view Old Ironsides...beautiful! Shortly after we returned by way of a new park area they've build by the Zakim Bridge - outstanding! The tour was approximately 3.5 hours and the guides were very knowledgeable about Boston's landmarks, history, etc. and both were very friendly and kept everyone's interest the entire time. A great day on the water...hope to go back and take the tour up the other end of the Charles - passing MIT, Harvard, etc.

Visited August 2011
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