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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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Bad Option for Groups

I had a reservation for a group with them for over six weeks. Three days before, I found out from... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Medford, Massachusetts
July 4th fireworks from the water

Everybody is envious! We rented 4 kayaks from the Alston Brighton location on July 4th and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Yvette B
Andover, Massachusetts
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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 6 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 24 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

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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...More

Thank Michael B
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.

Thank Doctor328
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...More

Thank Courgette2
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
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...More

1  Thank cabdella
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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