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!
Hitting some rough seas in your life? Take some time to unwind on one of the many lovely boats at Foote Brothers Canoe Rentals in Ipswich.
Pick up a tasty meal at their restaurant, located conveniently within the center.
This center welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the center's Topsfield Rd location offers nearby street parking.
A day with Fishaholiks isn't your typical fishing trip. Things start early, with groups learning to cast nets, forage for bait, and paddle their kayaks. The latter—along with bikes—allow the guides and their clients to access some of the best urban fishing destinations in the Boston area. Guides help men and women fish for freshwater species such as northern pike, as well as saltwater species such as striped bass. The use of kayaks also offers an eco-friendly alternative to fishing from motorized boats.
The first swish of the paddle when seated inside one of Salem Kayak's vessels unlocks a whole new world. That simple act of water displacement can take a person to nearby islands, into the nesting places of seagulls, or down the treelined banks of the Danver's River. Salem Kayak's location on Winter Island Maritime Park grants easy access to all of these destinations, which guides and groups explore on eight different tours.
Of course, people need to master the basics before they can chart their own aquatic adventures. Salem Kayak has that covered as well. Their instructors lead classes for complete beginners, which cover every step, from choosing the right gear (recreational or ocean kayaks), to basic navigation, to problem solving while out on the water. From there, paddlers can move on to the elements of forward and backwards strokes, or learn to navigate around the large rocks that Mother Nature placed by the shore for safe-keeping.