- $129 for a first-time canoe, kayak, and standup paddleboard season pass ($199 value)
Drift under seasonal foliage or in the shadows of historic buildings in one of three types of watercrafts. Different vessels, such as plastic and composite kayaks, standard and kevlar canoes, and standup paddleboards, are available to first-time pass holders for a season’s worth of rentals at different locations, and on-land orientation is available at no additional fee. The season begins on May 2 for Allston and Brighton, Kendall Square, and Nahanton Park. Opening dates are subject to change.
Charles River Canoe & Kayak
In the early ’70s, Boston-area resident Mike Farny dreamed of creating affordable outdoor recreational activities for his community to enjoy. Today, on-staff guides lead tours of the Charles River and Boston Harbor to educate participants in ecosystem conservation, view the skyline and sunset, or explore historic structures. To prepare customers entering the water for the first time, instructors coach riders of all levels in private or group lessons at the paddling school, which draws on more than 30 years of instructional tradition. Staffers can also equip boaters in the shop—where P&H kayaks hang alongside paddleboards and Wenonah canoes, dreaming of one day being the inspiration for a traditional sea chantey. Crew members help clients choose their ride and accessories from these selections and others through free daily demonstrations.