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A nature reservation covering 950 acres along both sides of the Charles River offers bicycle and jogging paths, 12 tennis courts, six swimming pools and the popular Hatch Memorial Shell with live concerts.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“dirty water” (13 reviews)
“rowing teams” (10 reviews)
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Cambridge, MA
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"both sides"
in 33 reviews
"dirty water"
in 13 reviews
"rowing teams"
in 10 reviews
"boston skyline"
in 19 reviews
"storrow drive"
in 7 reviews
"boat ride"
in 9 reviews
"memorial drive"
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"duck tour"
in 14 reviews
"lovely walk"
in 6 reviews
"sunny day"
in 9 reviews
"people watching"
in 10 reviews
"beacon hill"
in 6 reviews
"harvard square"
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"boats"
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"banks"
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"regatta"
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Apart from the historical marvel of this place, the charm and beauty of nature + the boats sailing along the river is definitely something to see if you're visiting town. Lots of insta-worthy sports to click pictures, share some food, or just sink in the...More

Thank multicitytraveller
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

One of my most favourite memory of Cambridge is the walk and stroll on the Charles River. Let it be early in the morning, or late afternoon while Sun setting, the breeze of the air, people biking or runner jogging, but the relaxation and the...More

Thank Maryann T
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Took the sunset cruise with Charles River Cruises which leaves from one end of the Cambridgeside Galleria. Had a groupon so it was very affordable. We did not realize there was no information offered on this tour. Would have been better to take sightseeing tour...More

Thank Sager
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Perfect spot to watch the Harvard Men's Crew practice - usually mornings and late afternoons. Amazing to watch their boats glide across the water! Coaches shout instructions from their small motorized boats. Great teamwork in action against a beautiful skyline. You can rent a boat...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

... must see! It’s a convenient stroll from anywhere in Cambridge that’s certain to please — from tots to seniors, don’t miss it.

Thank WelllllEnuff
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Boston and Cambridge are twin cities on either side of the Charles river. Great place to walk, jog or simply hand around. The sailing clubs of both MIT and Harvard have a lot of activities for its students on the Charles. Plus the parks near...More

Thank Krishnan N
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful river. Could sit on the bench on the river side and experience the quiet breeze and beautiful view

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Charles River really is the lifeblood of the city of Boston and no trip to the city is complete without a run or a walk along the banks of this beautiful waterway, whichever part you explore. You can see boat houses, historic buidlings, homes,...More

Thank Hannah75
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My friend fell in and got a leech. But the great news is it’s pretty clean now so she didn’t die of pollution. This river is a success story! Go Boston!!! Such pride. And such leeches. In olden days the leeches would’ve been used medicinally...More

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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

We stayed at the Royal Sonesta Hotel which overlooks the river. Walked directly from the hotel onto the walkway lots of activity on the river, canoes, duck tours etc. The walkway is a great place for joggers and cyclists and walkers although there is a...More

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mahalakshmi2018
10 May 2018|
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Response from Quinta V | Reviewed this property |
There is a train nearby called Saint Paul that can leave you at the airport. It is located crossing the street from the hotel. The mbta (train) closes at midnight.
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Rami K
1 October 2016|
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Response from Christian G | Reviewed this property |
Sorry i don't have the information
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6 June 2016|
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Response from Yasser S | Reviewed this property |
U can order taxi because back bay is a little bit far it's not walkable
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