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Canoe, Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals

We are open by advanced reservation only

Step 1:

Watch the Safety Video and sign the Online Release

Safety video and link to waiver

Step 2:

Make a reservation by clicking on your desired location below. Please be on time for your appointment and read the fine print below

  • Everyone must sign our online waiver.
  • We will help you into your boat from a distance using boat hooks and can provide more hands on help if requested. Here are some tips on getting into a kayak, paddleboard, or canoe yourself.
  • Starting on Saturday 5/29 we will no longer be requiring staff and customers to wear a mask on site. If you would like our staff to wear a mask while assisting you, please ask and we will happily comply.
  • We will not be renting drybags at this time. Please bring your own or consider buying one.
  • Life Jackets are required for all paddlers. You can wear ours that are washed on a weekly basis. We will no longer be sanitizing boats and paddles after every use, but will have spray available on the dock and staff can clean boats and paddles on request.
  • You can rent a paddleboat or rowboat if there is one available when you arrive for your reservation. Ask a staff member if it’s available and we can adjust your invoice.
  • Please don’t be late! We need to stick to a schedule to maintain appropriate distance.
  • All of our regular policies are still in effect, no alcohol is allowed on the premises, and anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult on the water. See our age policy.

Get more info on rental prices, learn more about all seven of our locations or contact us with any questions.

Our last day of the season will be 10/22

Reserve a Boat in Newton, Historic Auburndale Boathouse

2401 Commonwealth Ave, Newton
Day Rental in Newton  Book Here
Evening Rental in Newton Book Here

Complete Your Waiver

For more information about our Historic Newton Boathouse location, view directions, paddling map, and paddling safety information (also available in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, and French.

The following locations are closed for the season as of 10/17:

Reserve a Boat in Boston, Allston/Brighton

1071 Soldier’s Field Rd, Boston
Day Rental in Boston  Book Here
Evening Rental in Boston Book Here

Complete Your Waiver

For more information about our Boston location, view directions, paddling map, and paddling safety information (also available in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, and French) and take our fun quiz!

Reserve a Boat in Cambridge, Kendall Square

15 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge
Day Rental in Cambridge  Book Here
Evening Rental in Cambridge Book Here

Complete Your Waiver

For more information about our Cambridge location, view directions, paddling map, and paddling safety information (also available in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, and French) and take our fun quiz!

Reserve a Boat in Newton, Nahanton Park

455 Nahanton St, Newton
Day Rental in Nahanton Park Book Here
Evening Rental in Nahanton Park Book Here

Complete Your Waiver

For more information about our Newton, Nahanton Park location, view directions, paddling map, and paddling safety information (also available in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, and French.)

Reserve a Boat in Medford, Condon Shell

2501 Mystic Valley Pkwy, Medford
Day Rental in Medford  Book Here
Evening Rental in Medford Book Here

Complete Your Waiver

For more information about our Medford location, view directions, paddling map, and paddling safety information (also available in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, and French.)

Reserve a Boat in Somerville, Blessing of the Bay

32 Shore Dr, Somerville
Day Rental in Somerville  Book Here
Evening Rental in Somerville  Book Here

Complete Your Waiver

For more information about our Somerville location, view directions, paddling map, and paddling safety information (also available in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, and French.)

Reserve a Boat in Waltham, Moody Street

195 Moody St, Waltham
Day Rental in Waltham  Book Here
Evening Rental in Waltham Book Here

Complete Your Waiver
For more information about our Waltham location, view directions, paddling map, and paddling safety information (also available in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Arabic, and French.)

Closing Times:

Our hours change as the sun sets earlier into the fall. Day rates 2-3 hours on the water and evening rates are 1-2 hours long depending on your appointment time and when we close.

Week All Boats Must be Returned by:
May 1 – May 10  7pm
May 11 – May 16 7:30pm
May 17 – May 31 7:45pm
June 1 – July 25 8pm
July 26 – August 1 7:45pm
August 2 – August 8 7:30pm
August 9 – 15 7:15pm
August 16 – 22 7pm
August 23 – 29 6:45pm
August 30 – September 6 6:45pm
September 7 – 12 6:30pm
September 13 – 19 6:15pm
September 20 – 26 6pm
September 27 – October 3 5:45pm
October 4 – 11 5:30pm
October 13 – 17 5:15pm

 

Cancellation Policy:

  • You must request a cancellation at least 12 hours notice of your desired rental time in order to receive a credit to reschedule or a refund less a 10% administrative fee.
  • If we cancel your rental due to weather, high winds, or other safety concerns, you will be eligible for a full refund or rescheduling.
  • Email us at contact@paddleboston.com for cancellation or reschedule requests. 

For Season Pass Holders:

  • Reserve your time using the instructions you received by email.
  • If you do not show up for your time slot, you will be charged a $10 fee and cannot use your pass until the fee has been paid.
  • Season Pass holders can only have four active reservations at a time and must give at least 12hrs notice for rescheduling without penalty.
  • Email us at contact@paddleboston.com for cancellation or reschedule requests. 

Additional Steps we are taking:

  • We have added hand sanitizing stations at each step of the rental process.
  • We are limiting daily rentals to allow for appropriate distancing.
  • Staff will happily wear a mask and sanitize paddles, boats and lifejackets upon request.
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