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  • Address: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • Hours: Daily

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Charles River Tours

The Charles River is a meandering waterway that runs through 80 miles of eastern Massachusetts, including Boston and Cambridge, before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. “The Charles”, as it’s often called, plays a role in the lives of many Bostonians. Walkers, joggers, cyclists, kayakers and anyone who loves to quietly relax by the water can be found along its banks every day. It is a picture-perfect snapshot of the pulse and pace of both cities.

The Esplanade, a green, three-mile path that meanders along the Boston side of the river, is the best option for visitors looking for a relaxing river 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.

Without question, the best time to visit is for the city’s annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. This is the defining Fourth of July event in all of New England and draws more than half a million people to the banks of the Charles River each year. The event is headlined with an exclusive performance by the world famous Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra.

Practical Info

The Charles River runs through a sizable portion of both Boston and Cambridge. Free and paid/metered parking options are available along the way. Numerous public transportation options are available as well.

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70-Minute Charles River Sightseeing Cruise, Cambridge, null
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70-Minute Charles River Sightseeing Cruise

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Enjoy a 70-minute, fully-narrated sightseeing cruise along the Charles River. Your captain and crew will both entertain and educate while pointing out the ...  Read more

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Duration: 70 minutes (approx.)

From USD $20.48
90 Minute Architecture Cruise on the Charles River, Cambridge, Day Cruises
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90 Minute Architecture Cruise on the Charles River

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

This 90-minute tour offers spectacular views of historic and contemporary architecture along Boston Harbor, the Charles River Locks, and the Charles River ...  Read more

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $30.98
American History Tour: Cambridge, Lexington and Concord Day Trip from Boston, Boston, Day Cruises
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American History Tour: Cambridge, Lexington and Concord Day Trip from Boston

4.5 star rating: Recommended 280 Reviews

This fascinating historical day trip from Boston takes you to the famous nearby Massachusetts cities of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord. Journey along the ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $56.00
Tour de Cambridge Bicycle Tour, Boston, Full-day Tours
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Tour de Cambridge Bicycle Tour

On this tour, you’ll cross the Charles River and enter the City of Cambridge. Renowned as one of America’s most bicycle-friendly cities, you will experience ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $57.75
Tour de Boston Bike Tour, Boston, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Tour de Boston Bike Tour

The Tour de Boston Bicycle Tour is the perfect family tour for those with young children or who would prefer to enjoy a more leisurely ride, staying mostly on ...  Read more

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $57.75
New York City to Boston Day Trip with Spanish Guide, New York City, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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New York City to Boston Day Trip with Spanish Guide

Boston, además de ser la ciudad más grande del estado de Massachusetts y su capital, es una de las ciudades más antiguas de EE.UU. Es ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00

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