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“Low key and lovely”

Charles River Canoe & Kayak
Ranked #1 of 3 Tours in Newton
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Owner description: Nahanton Park consists of 57 acres of forests, meadows, and gardens along the Charles River. From our dock, canoeists and kayakers can enjoy more than 12 miles of uninterrupted flatwater, from Silk Mill Dam at Upper Falls to Dedham Ave in Needham. A significant portion of the river's shore along this section of river is parkland, including Cutler Park and Millennium Park, and most of the riverbank is forest and marsh.Our Nahanton Park location, off Nahanton St./Kendrick St. on the Newton/Needham town line, offers hourly canoe and kayak rentals, picnic tables, an indoor function room, and playing fields. Learn more about our Nahanton Park Location in Newton.To best see this outstanding stretch of river, try one of our Shuttled River Trips and spend the morning or the whole day floating down the Charles!
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Very low key operation. Show up and get your canoe or kayak. From this location you can only go south because of a dam in place as you head toward Boston but this is fine because there is much less "traffic" on the river in Newton, Needham and West Roxbury. if you go into West Roxbury under the bridge past Millenium Park look for an eagle in the dead trees (on the left as you head south). Really a treat!

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

The Charles River Canone and Kayak is located next to the Marriott Hotel which is on Comm Ave in Newton. It has been there for at least 40 years. From their base you can choose a canoe or a kayak and go either up or down the river. If you are staying at the Marriott or visiting Brandeis University, this is a great way to spend an afternoon. The Charles River is part of the fabric of Boston but in this part of the city, you don't see the river very much. The Pike and Route 128 converge here but when you are in the river all you see are trees and ducks and other wildlife. It reduces stress and makes you notice that we live in nature right under our noses if we just take the time to see it around us. A cruise on the river under your own steam does just that. You can go out for an hour or for much more. There is a little picnic spot on the Waltham side of the river-- I don't know if you can row there but it is possible to drive or bike. I said romantic but sometimes we brought the kids along. That was fun too. There are little barely islands you can stop at and have a little snack with the kids. Maybe you can tell, I have a special place in my heart for this little bit of heaven on the Newton-Waltham border.

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Nice people, great on the water with wonderful views, wildlife and fun for the kids and the grown-ups

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Bob L
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Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyed the time on the river, such a wonderful way to see the wildlife & appreciate all that nature has to offer. I have never before been kayaking but it was great fun & easy to find a rhythm. My one criticism would be of the system or lack thereof when checking in & paying. No one ever enquired if any of our party had any experience or offered any instruction. We were simply asked to sign disclaimer forms, given a life jacket & paddle & pointed towards the dock. We first returned to the car to get water & hats & when we had finished on the river & returned the kayaks we stayed on the dock to take photos. What we didn't realised,because we had not been told was that our time began once we signed those forms & finished when you stepped back into the office. So we ended up being charged for over the actual hour we spent on the river, a little disappointing but overall the a great time was had by all.

Date of experience: July 2016
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Canoeing and kayaking on the Charles River in the summer and fall is a pleasurable experience. Waiting 15 to 20 minutes to pay the fee is not. There was only one person signing out and reclaiming the boats. There must be a better way to manage the flow of customers. Do that and a very good experience will become a great one.

Date of experience: July 2016
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