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Detailed River & Facility Information at our Cambridge Location
Charles River Canoe & Kayak’s Cambridge location in Kendall Square is the perfect location for your outing! We’re just two blocks from the Kendall T station, and a two-minute paddle from the best skyline view in Boston.
Like all our locations, we offer group discounts during non-peak hours to groups renting eight boats or more. If you’re renting fewer than eight boats, just come down — it’s rare that we run out of boats. During our peak hours, reservations require pre-payment of the first hour of rental and an additional reservation fee.
What to Expect on the Water
Our location in Kendall Square is paddle strokes away from the lower Charles River Basin, where you’ll see the Esplanade, Hancock and Prudential Buildings, Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, Museum of Science, M.I.T., B.U., and more. The river is wide and open, and populated by many sailboats, duck boats, and powerboats.
Where to Stop While Paddling
There are a number of locations where paddlers on this section of river can stop to eat, rest, or walk. The Esplanade offers a number of potential stopping points. There is a public bathroom at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.
Paddlers can take a break at the Cambridgeside Galleria by paddling 100 yards up Lechmere Canal. Paddlers can step out onto a granite shelf, and you’ll be right at the Food Court when you enter the mall.
After passing the Museum of Science, paddlers can disembark at North Point Park or Nashua Street Park. North Point Park offers a playground, manicured sidewalks, and flower beds, though accessing the high dock is difficult. Nashua Street Park is a good place to stretch your legs, and access is easier.
One-Way Trips to Allston/Brighton
Paddlers can enjoy one-way trips to or from our Allston/Brighton location on Soldier’s Field Road, a five-mile trip featuring the best skyline view in Boston. Groups of eight boats or more who plan to paddle one-way must notify us when arranging your reservation.
Kendall Square Canoe & Kayak is located in Kendall Square, Cambridge, just two blocks from the Kendall/MIT station on the Red Line. There is also a parking garage on-site, with discounted rates available during off-peak hours. Click here for complete directions!
Paddling Safety Information
Our Facility in Cambridge
Our Cambridge location is situated in a mixed-use development in downtown Kendall Square. Adjacent to the Rental Facility is the South Plaza, a large, outdoor patio with 50 small tables and 100 chairs. About 75 yards away on Athenaeum Street is the North Plaza, another large outdoor patio with 50 medium-sized tables and 200 chairs (see photo at top of next column).
Individuals and small groups who rent boats are welcome to use these areas at no charge, and groups over 20 pay a $3.30/person per hour fee (max. charge 120 people for South Plaza, 200 for North Plaza).
Adjacent to the North Plaza is Pavilion B, a 750-square-foot building with power, heat, lights, and optional open-air sides (see photo at right). This building is ideal for indoor events for up to approximately 50 people, and rents for $6.60/person per hour.
Outside Vendors (Tents, Full-Service Catering, Etc.)
Groups are welcome to bring in outside vendors such as tents, full-service catering, and bartending for their events, provided you obtain permission one month in advance and provide a certificate of insurance for each vendor that meets our Requirements for Insurance Certificates at least two weeks before the event. Vendors may not set up before the day of the event without prior permission. Bartenders must maintain control of all alcohol throughout the event. Our preferred tent vendor is Peterson Party Center. Bartending and full catering services can be provided by Commonwealth. The Bartending Service of New England is another option for bartending services.
There are many restaurants located within walking distance of our Kendall Square location. Commonwealth is just a stones throw from our dock and is Kendall Square's American Style restaurant built on good food. ZA (eclectic pizza and salads) and EVOO (upscale, eclectic, local American cuisine) are located just down the street from our facility, and offer a 10% discount on the day of your paddle when you show your receipt. Mexicali Burrito Cabana (open M-F only) is right next door, and offers a 15% discount on the day of your paddle when you show your receipt. Aceituna (healthy Mediterranean and Lebanese "fast food") is just around the corner. In nearby Kendall Square you'll find Au Bon Pain (bakery and sandwiches), Legal Sea Foods (fine seafood), and many more. There's also the Cambridgeside Galleria food court just down the road.
Paddlers will see exciting landmarks like the Museum of Science.
Paddling and food are a great combination — view our favorite restaurants and caterers nearby. We are happy to arrange catering for your event.