There are some amazing bodies of water to visit in the Boston area which range from a quiet pond in the middle of the city to Boston Harbor. Some of the best beaches in the area offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. Whether the activity of the day is taking a cool swim, navigating a sailboat around the shores or fishing for the catch of the day, Boston has many bodies of water to fulfill the need.
The Jamaicaway and Perkins St.
Boston, MA 02130
Jamaica Pond was formed by a glacier and is fed by natural springs. The pond’s pure and clear water is a wonderful source of recreation located in Boston’s Emerald Necklace of parks. The relaxing tranquility of Jamaica Pond offers a 1.5-mile path around its circumference for walking and jogging. Rowboats, sailboats and kayaks are available for rent and sailing lessons are offered by Courageous Sailing Center. The pond is stocked with fish each year for those who want to try their hand at shoreline fishing. No swimming is allowed in Jamaica Pond. There are also engaging community events held on the property surrounding this magnificent body of water.
Echo Lake in Hopkinton, MA to the Atlantic Ocean
Department of Conservation and Recreation
The Charles River is 80 miles long and runs through Boston and several surrounding towns. The beauty of the river and its shoreline is breathtaking as each season changes. The major activities associated with the Charles River are centered around recreational and competitive boating. Some of the popular boating choices include rowing, sculling, sailing and kayaking. There is a 23-mile bike and walking/running path along the banks of the river. Swimming returned to the Charles River in 2013 after a half-century hiatus. The Hatch Shell sits on the banks of the Charles and offers world-renowned entertainment options, including Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops.
Boston Harbor At Castle Island/Carson Beach
2010 Day Blvd.
South Boston, MA 02127
www.mass.gov Carson Beach is located in the South Boston neighborhood of the city. The beach has a walkway that provides a place for visitors to walk, run or bike along the shore from Castle Island to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The view from the beach offers a picturesque Boston skyline and Boston Logan International Airport. After a day at the beach in the bright sunshine, Sullivan’s is a popular stop for a bite to eat, especially for one of their famous hot dogs.
485 Ware Road (Rte. 9)
Belchertown, MA 01007
The Quabbin Reservoir is the largest inland body of water in Massachusetts at 412 billion gallons and 38.6 square miles with 181 miles of shoreline. It provides drinking water for many surrounding towns and cities. For this reason, swimming is not allowed in the Quabbin Reservoir. There are many activities that take place around the reservoir including shoreline fishing, hiking, walking, jogging, snowshoeing, hunting, picnicking and scenic viewing opportunities.
Cape Cod Canal
Cape Cod Bay to Buzzards Bay
60 Ed Moffatt Drive
Sandwich, MA 02563
The Cape Cod Canal is a seven-mile-long artificial waterway, which is used by recreational and commercial vessels and connects Cape Cod to the Massachusetts mainland. There is a bordering pathway along both sides of the canal that provides access to fishing and relaxing as the world floats by. Designated areas for swimming along the canal include Scusset Beach State Reservation and several campsites that pepper the area. Interestingly, the canal is spanned by the Cape Cod Railroad Bridge and two highway bridges, the Sagamore and the Bourne.