The Best Kayaking Spots In Boston

June 4, 2011 2:02 AM


Kayaking enthusiasts will tell you the sport offers a whole new perspective on life. Whether you are a novice or a pro, there’s no question kayaking is a unique way to see what the city of Boston has to offer. Whether you go with a tour company or rent your own kayak for the day, here are the top trips around Boston.
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The Inner Harbor

Boston, MA

You’ll have a picture-perfect view of the Boston skyline like most have never witnessed it. Paddle over to Charlestown for an up-close look at the U.S.S. Constitution. While visiting Old Ironsides, you’ll be able to spot the Zakim Bridge, Old North Church, and the Bunker Hill Monument.

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The Boston Harbor Islands

Boston, MA
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Travel through protected waters among the islands, and cruise past the Nation’s oldest continuously manned lighthouse. Bring a fishing pole and some bait, there’s plenty of area to try and catch dinner. If you plan in advance, you can participate in a free, ranger-guided tour departing from Spectacle or Grape Islands.

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The Charles River

Newton, Cambridge, Boston

That dirty water has come a long way. The Charles offers a serene and historical view of Boston and Cambridge landmarks from Harvard and MIT, to the Hatch Shell and the State House. If you enjoy people-watching, the banks of the Charles are typically mobbed in the summer time, with joggers gliding along both sides of the river, and plenty of picnicking folks hanging out on the Esplanade.

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Neponset River Reservation

Boston, Milton


The Neponset River’s estuary boasts some brilliant marshland, and not too far up-stream, significant freshwater wetlands create the perfect recipe for wildlife. There’s a good chance you’ll catch a glimpse of black ducks, mergansers, teal, Snowy Egrets, or Great Blue Herons to name a few.

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Belle Isle Marsh

Bennington Street
East Boston, MA

A majority of the 241-acres of Boston’s last remaining salt marsh sits peacefully on preserved land. The marsh is home to herons, egrets, falcons and osprey, which can often be spotted soaring above the sea grass. Depending on the winds, there’s a good chance you’ll also have airliners buzzing overhead. But it’s possible to become so transfixed on the scenery, you may not even notice.

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