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 Canal District Kendall, a mixed-use development in downtown Kendall Square. There are public tables with umbrellas that are available on a first come, first served basis.
There are many restaurants located within walking distance of our Kendall Square location. Commonwealth and Glass House are 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. MexCito (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. Here is a full list of local Canal District Restaurants.
Paddling and food are a great combination — view our favorite restaurants and caterers nearby. We are happy to arrange catering for your event.