The city of Boston was built around the Charles River and the Boston Harbor. What's the point of living here if you can't enjoy the water? Dedicated to the thrill (and relaxation) of life on the water, Boating in Boston helps residents embark at several maritime destinations throughout eastern Massachusetts—from Newton and Hopkinton to Spot Pond and Carson Beach. At each location, visitors can rent vessels including kayaks, standup paddleboards, canoes, rowboats, quad pedal boats—and even strap a life jacket to a dog to bring them along for the ride. Additionally, a Boating in Boston season pass grants access to bigger vessels such as sailboats, and instructors lead classes and camps throughout the season to help beginners learn to use a paddle for something other than mixing giant vats of pancake batter.
Boating in Boston drops oars in six locations—including local lakes, ponds, the Charles River, and Boston Harbor—sending visitors on watery adventures with a fleet of canoes, kayaks, sailboats, pedal boats, paddleboards, and festive and essential lifejackets. Whether navigating the peaceful waters of Hopkinton State Park's Hopkinton Reservoir—the place that, in 2002, started it all—or campus-adjacent eddies of UMass Boston's Fox Point Landing, visitors can hit the water untrained or sharpen skills with solo or group lessons. The crew of instructors also instills a love of boating in the littlest landlubbers with youth summer camps that teach basic skills and safety.
Take your family on a high-seas adventure for the afternoon! Rent one of the many ship-shape vessels available at Boating in Boston in Wakefield.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
So head on over to Boating in Boston in Wakefield for a boatload of fun and excitement!
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.
Charles River Canoe & Kayak has five locations around the city. From its Moody Street outpost it's easy for paddlers to push off into the flatwater Lakes District of the Charles. As the sun sets and the moon rises, paddle a canoe past herons, river otters, and other wildlife while a guide imparts the history of the area.
Since its inception as a nonprofit organization in 1985, Community Rowing Inc. has guided more than 15,000 students in invigorating rowing sessions held on the Charles River. Their experienced staff of Olympians and coaches helps students to become familiar with industry-standard boats and rowing machines through comprehensive introductory lessons and extended handshakes with the rowing arms. After gleaning the skills necessary to properly use equipment, students gain access to locker rooms, training areas, and any additional courses on the Charles River. The full-body, calorie-burning workouts are available throughout the week, allowing students to learn essential techniques such as sweeping, sculling, and dealing peacefully with the water road rage of aggressive gondoliers. Classes are offered on select Saturday or Sunday afternoons.