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Charles River Canoe & Kayak

1071 Soldiers Field Rd, Allston, Boston, MA 02134-1045
+1 617-965-5110
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Best way to enjoy the Charles

I've been a customer for years at various locations (Newton, Allston, Cambridge) and never have... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2017
David W
Canoe and Kayak

Charles river canoe and kayak is one of the attractions in Boston. We went as a group and enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2017
Chennai (Madras), India
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
1071 Soldiers Field Rd, Allston, Boston, MA 02134-1045
Allston / Brighton
+1 617-965-5110

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Reviewed 12 November 2017

I've been a customer for years at various locations (Newton, Allston, Cambridge) and never have been disappointed. On a beautiful day, there can be a 15-20 min wait so arrive early. Always courteous and safe. Usually has a large selection of kayaks, canoes and now...More

Thank David W
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Charles river canoe and kayak is one of the attractions in Boston. We went as a group and enjoyed kayaking in four kayaks. We went to the middle of Charles river and we had fantastic view of entire downtown of Boston. Trains are moving in...More

Thank balasubramanian16847
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

My daughter and I rented kayaks and had a wonderful paddle from Allston/Brighton down to Kendall Square. As advertised, it is an easy trip. I preferred the area where we started, up around Harvard; the river is narrower (therefore less busy) and the views more...More

Thank MSSmith217
Reviewed 20 July 2017

I had a reservation for a group with them for over six weeks. Three days before, I found out from one of my group members that was randomly scanning their website that there was an algae problem. This was confirmed when I reached out to...More

Thank jdibble2017
markskipaddle, General Manager at Charles River Canoe & Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2017

We are very sorry we did not contact you about the algal bloom at the Somerville location. It is our policy to immediately notify groups about any water quality issues and with this new location we missed your reservation and did not contact you. After...More

Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Everybody is envious! We rented 4 kayaks from the Alston Brighton location on July 4th and paddled to downtown. Safety is a priority. We were given a questionnaire on safety, life jackets and the boats were fitted with lights so we could be seen on...More

Thank Yvette B
Reviewed 8 July 2017

Our family had a super experience paddling in Waltham -- several kayaks, double and single, from a 5 year old to a 74 year old! Great job to the staff on the docks helping my mom, who is not too steady, into the boat, something...More

Thank MmeHP
Reviewed 23 May 2017

The waves on the Charles can be strong, but even a novice should enjoy being out on the water in a kayak.

Thank mrsirin
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...More

1  Thank Ray T
Reviewed 21 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...More

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Very good time for an entire family! Different types of boats are available. Very friendly and helpful staff. Free parking.

Thank Doctor328
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Questions & Answers
25 September 2017|
Response from markskipaddle | Property representative |
We plan to open the first week in may for regular rentals. We can do a custom guided tour in April.
20 August 2016|
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Response from markskipaddle | Property representative |
Hi , Double kayaks are $20 per hour and Single Kayaks are $15 per hour. Many women who are pregnant paddle with us but the best thing to do is check with your doctor. We have no specific requirements. Mark