Guided River & Harbor Tours

Amazing experiences on the Charles River and Boston Harbor. Join our guides for an unforgettable voyage on the river or harbor. Scroll down for all our tours!


Boston Harbor Kayak Tours

Experience the thrill of paddling in Boston Harbor! These tours begin and end at our T-accessible Kendall Square location.

  • Three-hour tour passes through the locks into Boston Harbor.
  • Unique views of the U.S.S. Constitution, Zakim Bridge, and Boston's Waterfront and Financial District.
  • Five minutes from the Red Line (Kendall/MIT).


Barking Crab Kayak Tours

Combine skyline views with the excitement of paddling on Boston Harbor, add in a great meal, and you've got our Barking Crab Tour!

  • Four-hour tour from our Kendall Square location.
  • Unforgettable landmarks and skyline views.
  • Enjoy a seafood lunch at the Barking Crab, Boston's premier clam shack.
  • Return via relaxing van shuttle.


Barbeque Kayak Tours

End your day with the perfect combination of paddling and food! Spend about 90 minutes on the water followed by a picnic catered by Redbones.

  • 2.5-hour tour from our Kendall Square location.
  • Includes a full barbeque meal from Redbones of Somerville.
  • Great way to wind down after a long week at work!
  • Or, create your own Private BBQ Tour for your group.

Skyline & Sunset Kayak Tours

Revel in the best view of Boston's skyline — from a kayak or stand-up paddleboard on the Charles River! These tours begin and end at our T-accessible Kendall Square location.

  • Two-hour tour featuring amazing skyline views.
  • Evening Sunset Tours are available.
  • Five minutes from the Red Line (Kendall/MIT).
  • Available for kayaks or stand-up paddle boards




See and learn about the plants and animals that inhabit the Charles and its shoreline. We'll quietly poke our kayaks into coves and shallows for wildlife, and probe the muddy river bottom for small critters we don't usually see.

  • 2.5-hour tour from our Nahanton Park Location.
  • See great blue herons, turtles, egrets, and river otters.
  • Net-dip for benthic organisms like dragonfly larvae and water-boatmen.
  • See remnants of the area's glaciated past.

Moonlight Canoe Tours

Dusk is a magical time to be on the water, so what could be more blissful than paddling a canoe by moonlight? We push off as the sun sets for an evening of relaxation, good food, and conversation.


Custom Guided Tours for your Group

Your group can enjoy any of our regular guided tours on your schedule! You can even combine food and paddling for an unforgettable experience.  
Cycleboat tours of the boston harbor

Cycleboat Boston: Pedal Tours of the Boston Harbor & Charles River

Try something completely new with our friends at Cycleboat Boston
  • Book a full boat for up to 16 people or individual tickets. You are welcome to bring your own beer, wine, and snacks on all tours.
  • Perfect for Bachelorette parties, company outings, and any other occasion!
  • Visit the website to learn more or reserve your spot now.
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