Canoeing the Charles River in Massachusetts

Canoeing the Charles River in Massachusetts

There are certain things that you just have to do if you visit or live in Massachusetts, such as canoeing the Charles River. One weekend I flew down to Florida by myself and my husband had taken the boys canoeing; they enjoyed it so much, they couldn’t wait to take me.

A little bit about The Charles River

The Charles River, home to the Charles Regatta. The Charles River flows 80 miles from Hopkinton, Mass. to Boston Harbor.  The Cambridge, MA area (home to Harvard University) is one of the busiest recreational river segments in the world, lined with boat houses, jogging paths, sports fields and concert performance facilities that are used heavily by Bostonians each year. It’s a beautiful area!

Charles River in Massachusetts

Our day canoeing on the water

So, last summer, while my mother-in-law was visiting from Florida, we all went canoeing. We hopped in the water in Waltham, MA with paddle Boston.

We opted for a 2 hour rental because we had Atlas with us and you can only push a 1 year old so far. 🙂 They do offer guided tours which I imagine would be pretty cool. You can also rent kayaks, paddle-boards, paddle-boats and a row boat.

Canoeing the Charles River
Canoeing the Charles River

It was a beautiful day on the water, it was as clear as glass. Atlas was glued to me, so Rob did all canoeing, bless him! It was pretty laid back for me, being able to enjoy the view while “protecting” Atlas. He was a little uneasy, but enjoyed the view once he allowed himself to. 🙂

Bridge on Charles River

We saw many birds, swans and geese, turtles, fish. If you love being out in nature, you will enjoy this outing. It’s serene and picturesque (as you can see).


Next stop, Walden Pond. I hope you enjoyed this post 🙂 Have you been to the Charles River?

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