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Charles River, Cambridge

4.7
#1 of 149 in Nature in Massachusetts
Water Body · Scenic Drive
Stretching for 129 km (80 mi) through Massachusetts, Charles River reaches the sea in the city of Boston and is one of the area's key landmarks. The winding waterway, once at the forefront of the United States's industrialization, today provides many opportunities for recreation, such as rowing, sailing, and biking. Try hopping on the 37 km (23 mi) long bike path in Boston, which will take you past famous institutions, such as Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The river's esplanade offers views of the surrounding urban region in addition to marshes alive with waterfowl. You can rent a sailboat from one of the stands along the way. Use our Cambridge vacation planner to arrange your visit to Charles River and other attractions in Cambridge.
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  • The river was so large and calm it appeared to be a lake between Cambridge and Boston. We watched the sailboats and kayakers enjoy the river. It made a great setting for MIT and the Boston sky line.  more »
  • I sipped coffee and enjoyed the scenic river, then went for a long walk. The weather was cool but not cold. I saw a few other people on the walking paths and bicycle paths. Pleasant.  more »
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