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Charles River

Boston, Massachusetts

The Basics

The Esplanade, a 3-mile (4.8-kilometer) green path that runs along the Boston side of the river, is the best option for a relaxing stroll. Simply start near the Museum of Science and continue west to the Boston University Bridge. Along the way, you’ll pass plenty of joggers, wild geese, lemonade stands, and boat rental opportunities. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour of Boston or Cambridge, which includes a ride across and along the river.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Cambridge

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Ducktective
FJF, Aug 2021
Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River
Great experience. Very entertaining and informative. Our narrator “Ducktective” was great. He made the experience enjoyable. The duck boats were very clean and well maintained. Enjoyable for all ages.
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Quack
Rene_D, Jun 2021
Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River
Narrator very informative enjoyable and the history of Boston was interesting! The boat/vehicle was fun to ride in and very clean
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The Boston duck tour is a excellent tour
Larry_S, Oct 2021
Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River
Our tour guide Ben was knowledgeable and entertaining. This was the best way to see the history of Boston in the cold rainy weather. Seeing the city from being on the Charles river, and please don’t call it a lake, made the tour even better.
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Detective Tracy & Captain...
julie_g, Oct 2021
Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River
Detective Tracy & Captain Howie were awesome, informative and had us laughing! Fabulous experience with a beautiful sunny October in Boston!!!
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Informational and entertaining!
Doug_K, Oct 2021
Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River
Our guide was absolutely wonderful! He really tried to make sure everyone was having a great time. He was very knowledgeable and funny at the same time.
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A Must-See activity in Boston!
Eric_S, Sep 2021
Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River
The tour guide Professor Quackenstein did an outstanding job and really engaged all the customers. He offered to take photos of the beautiful day on the Charles River! Lots of fun!
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A Boston Boat Bonanza
Mark_S, Oct 2021
Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River
A wonderful tour among parts of America’s history. Our tour guide “Rosy the Riveter” was informative and very entertaining. Well worth the time!
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A+++
Marisa_P, Oct 2021
Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River
Duck Tracy was awesome should be a history teacher. So smart snd interesting. The driver was also great
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Great
yuri_p, Oct 2021
Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River
The person who was in charge of the tour excelente has a lots of knowledge of the state very pleasant
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A Quazy Quality Duck Experience
William_P, Sep 2021
Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River
I liked the humor of our guide. Very clear and interesting descriptions of each site. The boat part down the Charles River was the best part. I didn’t like being seated directly behind the driver. It would have been better to pick our own seats.
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Coolest way to see the city.
John_G, Oct 2021
Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River
The tour itself was very nice. Our tour guide Old Quackdonald was very entertaining and knowledgeable. I would recommend the duckboat tour to anyone visiting Boston.
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Unique Boston experience! Must do!
Robbi_C, Sep 2021
Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River
Art , our guide, was great!! We learned so much! Unique experience seeing the city and then cruising on the beautiful Charles River.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Charles River is a must for all first-time visitors to Boston and Cambridge, as well as families with small kids and outdoor and exercise enthusiasts.

  • Stand-up paddleboard, canoe, and kayak rentals are available on the Boston and Cambridge sides of the river.

  • Concerts, movies, and performances take place at the Hatch Shell, located by Massachusetts Avenue near the Esplanade.

  • There are pedestrian bridges that cross Storrow Drive in order to reach the river and Esplanade.

  • Public bathrooms are located behind the Hatch Shell and at the Dartmouth Street facility.

  • The Arthur Fiedler footbridge at Arlington Street, located near the Hatch Shell, is accessible to wheelchair users, as is the Esplanade.

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How to Get There

The Charles River runs through a sizable portion of Boston and Cambridge. Via the T, take the green line to the Arlington stop or the red line to the Charles/MGH stop. If driving, free and paid metered parking options are available along the river; there is limited parking along Storrow Drive.

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When to Get There

The Charles River area is lovely year-round, but may be at its best for the city’s annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. This is the defining Fourth of July event in New England, drawing more than half a million people to the riverbanks each year. The event is headlined with a performance by the world-famous Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra.

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Harvard University

Located in Cambridge, just north of Boston, this Ivy League university boasts a campus filled with historical buildings, monuments, classic architecture, scenic green spaces, and plenty of museums. Free guided tours, as well as a self-guided option, are available. Plus, many guided city tours of Boston include a stop at the school.

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