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15 Broad Canal Way; Cambridge, Mass.
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1071 Soldier's Field Rd.; Boston, Mass.
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455 Nahanton St.; Newton, Mass.
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Moody Street Dam; Waltham, Mass.
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32 Shore Drive; Somerville, Mass.
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* There is a $300 minimum charge to open by appointment.
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New and Used Kayaks, Canoes, SUPs, and Gear
Four Rental Locations
in Boston, Cambridge, Newton, and Waltham
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All our locations offer canoes and stable recreational kayaks, plus stand-up paddleboards, faster sea kayaks, and a variety of other boat types! Explore all our canoe and kayak rental locations and you'll find a wide range of paddling experiences and environments.
  • Boston on Soldier's Field Rd. in Allston/Brighton.
  • Cambridge in Kendall Square.
  • Newton in Nahanton Park (Newton/Needham line).
  • Waltham at Moody Street Dam.
  • One-Way Trips between Kendall Square and Allston/Brighton.
  • Group Outings at all our locations!
    Our Waltham Paddling Store is a full-service shop that carries new and used Canoes, Kayaks, SUPs, and paddling gear.
  • Free Demos Every Day: try any boat or paddle on the water.
  • Price Matching.
  • Experienced Sales Staff that paddles the boats we sell.
  • Full Selection of Gear: Paddles, Life Jackets, Car Racks, Clothing, Trailers, Safety Gear, and more!
  • Save Up To 15% On Gear when you buy a boat.
  • Find us on 160 Riverview Ave. in Waltham, Massachusetts.
  •   New & Used Kayaks, Canoes, and SUPs, plus gear, clothing, and much more.
    Group of Kayakers in front of Boston's Zakim Bridge.  
    Paddling is a wonderful group activity that anyone can enjoy! Our group outings are customized just for your group: the location, boat types you choose, guiding and catering are up to you.
  • Group Discounts during off-peak hours.
  • Birthday Parties for "kids" of all ages.
  • Customized Guiding and Instruction.
  • Delivery to Anywhere for any group size.
  • Ten-Person Canoes for fun or for team-building.
  • Catering and Picnicking available at all our locations.
    Our guided tours are perfect for anyone who loves to paddle! Experience such varied environments as the Newton "Lakes District" by moonlight or the spectacular skyline of the Charles River and Boston Harbor. Experience Greater Boston like never before.
  • Skyline Tour from Kendall Square: unforgettable Boston skyline view!
  • Barbeque Tour from Kendall Square or Allston/Brighton.
  • Boston Harbor Tours and Barking Crab Tours from Kendall Square.
  • Moonlight Tour from Waltham: paddle a canoe by moonlight.
  • Sunset Tours from Kendall Square: see the Boston skyline at night.
  •   Paddlers on our Skyline Tour explore the Charles River Esplanade.
    Danny leads a class on the Charles River.  
    Whether you are a new paddler learning the basics or an experienced boater looking to advance your skills, our Paddling School can help! We offer classes and sea kayaking trips for all ability levels, so you can find the perfect starting point for your paddling adventures.
    Kids love being on the water, and they love paddling their own boat! From kids' kayak rentals to kayaking classes and paddling summer programs, we can introduce your child to a lifetime of joy on the water.
  • Paddling Summer Programs for kids entering grades 4–11.
  • Birthday Parties.
  • Teen Adventure Paddling Program for ages 13–16.
  • Kids' Kayak Rentals: just $8/hour at all our locations.
  • Paddling Gear for Kids: kayaks, gear, clothing, and more. Talk to us about what will work for your child!
  • Customized Guiding & Catering for your kids group.
  •   A child in a kids' kayak in front of the Weeks Footbridge on the Charles River.
    Kayaks at the start of the Wednesday Night Race on the Charles River.  
    Paddling is a great way to stay in shape! Our Paddling Store offers surf skis, ICF kayaks, fast sea kayaks, and wing paddles for racing and fitness paddling. Fitness paddlers will also love the Charles River Paddlers' weekly race series.
  • Free Demos Every Day: try any in-stock boat or paddle on the water.
  • Racing & Fitness Kayaks on sale now.
  • Off-Site Rentals for that big race.
    One of our winter homes, Weston Ski Track is a cross-country ski area just outside Boston that offers reliable skiing via snowmaking and lighted trails.
  • XC Skiing 15 minutes west of Boston.
  • Snowmaking and Night Skiing.
  • Ski & Snowshoe Rentals.
  • Ski School: lessons for kids and adults.
  • Open mid-December – early March.
  •   Kids skiing in front of snow guns at Weston Ski Track.
    Kids rest on the railing at Community Ice Skating @Kendall.  
    Our other winter home, Community Ice Skating @Kendall is a refrigerated, zamboni-maintained rink in Kendall Square, Cambridge.
  • Zamboni-manicured, refrigerated Outdoor Ice Rink in Kendall Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Skate Rentals.
  • Skating School: lessons for kids and adults.
  • Group Outings and Private Rink Rentals.
  • Open mid-December – early March.
        Charles River Canoe & Kayak
    160 Riverview Ave.
    Waltham, MA 02453
    (617) 965-5110
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