Charles River and Boston Waterfront

Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Kayaking the Charles River holds magic to lovers of the city. Boston has always looked best from the water, and on a clear day (or night) the city is radiant from a kayak. While capturing a certain urban beauty, this trip never escapes the buzz of boats, trains, and automobiles. The contrasts, nevertheless, are delightful. One travels from the relative tranquillity of elite riverside universities to the bustling public playground of the Esplanade, under classic bridges to the construction site of the most ambitious and costly highway in the country. From the Jetson-like maze of freeways in the air, one moves through the byzantine lock system of the Charles River Dam. From the berth of “Old Ironsides” to the dark facade of the new federal courthouse, this trip spans many ages and moods. Attractions: Boston skyline, Esplanade, Charles River Locks, picnicking, USS Constitution, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston Inner Harbor, Fort Point Channel, restaurants.
Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts

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Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts

by Lisa Gollin Evans (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Kayaking the Charles River holds magic to lovers of the city. Boston has always looked best from the water, and on a clear day (or night) the city is radiant from a kayak. While capturing a certain urban beauty, this trip never escapes the buzz of boats, trains, and automobiles. The contrasts, nevertheless, are delightful. One travels from the relative tranquillity of elite riverside universities to the bustling public playground of the Esplanade, under classic bridges to the construction site of the most ambitious and costly highway in the country.

From the Jetson-like maze of freeways in the air, one moves through the byzantine lock system of the Charles River Dam. From the berth of “Old Ironsides” to the dark facade of the new federal courthouse, this trip spans many ages and moods. Attractions: Boston skyline, Esplanade, Charles River Locks, picnicking, USS Constitution, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston Inner Harbor, Fort Point Channel, restaurants.

©  Lisa Gollin Evans/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Cambridge
Distance: 10
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Day trip
Season: Best spring thru fall, weather depending
Local Maps: NOAA 13272, 13270, 13274
Driving Directions: Directions to Charles River and Boston Waterfront

Recent Trail Reviews

7/22/2008
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A splendid Tuesday in July on the Charles and Boston Harbor. I can only imagine the traffic on a weekend, the river was fairly busy and the harbor was teeming with activity. Careful in the harbor with all the boat activity...the water gets very rough with boat activity. The Esplanade is a gorgeous area, I spent time going through out and back. Watch out for the duck boats when going though the old lock! I highly recommend this trip, turn around before the lock unless you're a confident paddler.



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