The Charles River is where they hold the 4th of July Fireworks every year. The city of Boston puts on quite a display! Tons of boats put down anchor, some even tie themselves together, to watch the show. The Boston Pops play at the Hatch shell and the fireworks are choreographed to the music.
What is it about a body of water that makes you feel so peaceful when you look at it? If you're walking around the city, cross one of the bridges over Starrow Drive and check out the Charles River and the boats on it. You'll wanna put on your topsiders, pop up the collar on your Lacoste shirt and realize..."Hey, I look foolish like this, too!"
If you're in Boston when it's warm, spend a day on the water. Take a sailing lesson at the Community Boating boat house on the Esplanade along the Charles River. You needn't be a resident to take advantage of Boston's great sailing program.
I believe they have a day rate, but I think it may cost almost as much as the 30 day membership, which is $80. It may be a little steep for some, but if you're here for a week or more, it's well worth it! Besides, some people spend that much on just dinner & drinks! Once you've joined, all instruction is free. You can also get a 2-day pass for kayak rental for $50.
You will meet the friendliest people at the boat house who are eager to teach you sailing skills. You can enjoy the skyline, and the beautiful Esplanade, or people-watch as walkers, joggers and roller-bladers glide along the river bank. You might even catch a concert at the Hatch Shell from the boat.
After completing orientation (takes about an hour), you can request informal instruction by putting your name in at the dock house. Experienced sailors voluntarily take students out to show them how to sail. Usually, it's only a short wait before someone agrees to take you out.
If you complete the Rigging class and Shore I class, you can take your solo test (an oral quiz) to sail by yourself on calm days. To sail by yourself when the wind is strong, you need the Shore II class and you need to take the Helmsman test (sailing on the water).
The Charles River separates Boston from Cambridge. There are parks on both sides of the river, which make for good walking, a common thing for the locals to do on the weekends in the summertime. Folks also boat along the river. The Head of the Charles is a rowing regatta held in the fall each year.
The Charles River separates Boston from Cambridge. It`s beautiful & you can often see the Harvard Crew rowing in the river. You can also walk or exercise along the river on both sides on it. Rollerbladers, bicyclers, & joggers are a constant scene. In the summertime, you can also try kayaking, sailing or windsurfing. Other facilities include 6 swimming pools, 12 tennis courts, & a fitness course.
This is a great place to take pictures as well.
The most beautiful view of Boston is from the Cambridge side of the Charles, especially at sunset and at night. Here many tree-shaded bench give an expansive and unobstructed view of the Boston skyline across the river. At night the soft, colorful reflections on the water impart a romantic feel to the scene (but you didn't hear that from me :)
One of the best ways to waste time in Boston is explore the Cambridge area (famous for its university). Another great tip is to walk along the River path (a favourite with walkers/ joggers) looking over to Boston. You get a great view of the Boston skyline and a pleasant walk too!!
We were lucky enough to be in Boston at the time of the Head of the Charles Regatta. We spent a very pleasant day on the banks of the Charles River watching rowers compete in a multitude of races and were able to cheer on a number of British teams. The event was over two days with more than 8,000 rowers from around the world competing as well as teams from schools, colleges and universities across America.
The fall foilage was spectacular and made for colourful photographs. The race course ran for three miles upstream from the Boston University Boathouse to Christian Herter Park and it was a beautiful day to walk the length of the course. The races all had rolling starts with boats setting off at 30 second intervals with the boat completing the course in the fastest time being declared the winner. Winners of each race were given the honourary title "Head of the River".
It was certainly an unexpected bonus that our stay in Boston coincided with this magnificent event and definitely one that I would recommend.
One of my favorite things to do when I visit Boston in the spring and/or summer is go for a nice long walk along the Charles River! It's a beautiful place, and it's a great way to get some exercise, "fresh air" and see if a different view of the city! It's not something I can really put into words... it's just something you have to do!
ITS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE PAUL REVERE ROWED ACROSS THE CHARLES RIVER and stood on the other side awaiting the lantern signal "one if by land, two if by sea."
This is a very friendly, somewhat slower-paced area of Boston that you should enjoy.
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The Charles River is a great site. Take a walk along the bridge that connects Boston to Cambridge, or walk along the River. If you're lucky enough to go into the Prudentail Tower, you will get an amazing view of the Charles, Cambridge and Boston. If you enjoy water activities, take an Acqua Duck tour. Its an amphibious vehicle that takes you on the river and for a tour throughout Boston.
The Charles River cuts a path that separates Boston's Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and North End neighborhoods from Cambridge. Although the busy raods are only a couple of hundred feet away, the noise of the city seems to fade into the background as you walk, bike, or lounge along the parkside banks of the river. Sitting along the Charles is great break during a busy day of walking. The same can be said of Boston Common, which provides a leisurely respite from the hustle and the bustle of downtown. Ride a swan boat - its cheesy, but you can handle a little bit of cheese for $2.00.