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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Address: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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70-Minute Charles River Sightseeing Cruise

Experience Boston and Cambridge on a narrated morning or afternoon cruise. After boarding at Lechmere Canal Park, embark on a journey down the Charles River and check out Beacon Hill, Esplanade Park, the Back Bay, Boston University, Fenway Park, M.I.T., Harvard, and other important landmarks. Hear entertaining stories about the region from your captain and crew and enjoy a snack or drink on board.
  • Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
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$20.48 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
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New York City to Boston Day Trip with Spanish Guide

Explore the best of the East Coast, from New York City to Boston, on this guided tour. Explore one of the nation's oldest cities and check out its many top attractions and landmarks, like Beacon Hill, the Freedom Trail, Harvard University, Fenway Park, Faneuil Hall, and much more. Along the way, learn about Beantown's history, architecture, and traditions from a Spanish-speaking guide.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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$99.00 USD
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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Tour de Boston Bike Tour

Take a leisurely ride through Boston on the on this 2.5-hour cycling tour. Take in the Boston skyline, ride along the banks of the Charles River, and learn about Cambridge and Boston's history through your guide's commentary. Suitable for families with young children, this tour includes use of bike and helmet.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$57.75 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Tour de Cambridge Bicycle Tour

Experience the charms of Cambridge on this bicycle tour. Sometimes referred to as “Boston’s Left Bank,” Cambridge is a celebrated hub for academia, technology, and culture. Ride across the gleaming waters of the Charles River and visit Harvard Square, MIT, the Stata Center designed by Frank Gehry, and more. Over the course of 2.5 to 3 hours, you’ll cover 11-13 miles in this bike-friendly area.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$57.75 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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