Charles River and Boston Waterfront Professional Review and Guide
"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."