Paddlers of all skill levels soak up area anecdotes and views of Boston landmarks or the setting sun on a guided tour
- Expires Oct 9, 2012
- Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Not valid until 6/20/12. 7-day cancellation cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Ages 8-11 must be accompanied by an adult. Must sign waiver. Valid only at Cambridge location. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Online reservation required. Not valid for walk-ins. Not valid for custom tours.
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From the Kendall Square launching point, beginning and experienced paddlers aged 8 and older embark on a Boston Skyline or Sunset Tour. After an introduction to basic kayak skills, paddlers hop into double kayaks and begin to glide down the Charles River along the Cambridge coast. During daytime tours, a guide relays historic facts and anecdotes about the Cambridge and Boston area as paddlers feast their eyes on MIT’s Great Dome and Boston’s Hancock and Prudential Buildings and State House Dome. In the evenings, tour-goers watch the sun setting over the river and observe Boston's city lights at dusk. Paddlers exchange pleasantries with the trolls that dwell under the many footbridges of the Storrow Lagoon and the Longfellow Bridge before returning to Kendall Square.Charles River Canoe & Kayak
In the early ’70s, Boston-area resident Mike Farny dreamed of creating affordable outdoor recreational activities for his community to enjoy. In May of 1973, Mike set up shop in the MDC Norumbega Police Substation of Newton/Auburndale and began realizing his dream. The location—directly next to the historic Totem Pole Ballroom—perfectly enabled the environmentally friendly practice of canoeing and kayaking. Mike's vision blossomed through the years to include four other locations, each offering rentals, tours, and instruction.
Today, on-staff guides lead tours of the Charles River and Boston Harbor to educate participants in ecosystem conservation, view the skyline and sunset, or explore historic structures. Select trips also include lunch to fuel participants as they navigate difficult waterways and jump through flaming hoops. To prepare customers entering the water for the first time, instructors coach riders of all levels in private or group lessons at the paddling school, which draws on more than 30 years of instructional tradition. Team members also organize paddlers with sufficient experience to compete in Run on the Charles, an annual canoe and kayak race down the river. Staffers can also equip boaters in the shop—where Tiderace and Current Designs kayaks hang alongside Tahoe paddleboards and Wenonah canoes, dreaming of one day being the inspiration for a traditional sea chantey. Crew members help clients to choose from this selection of new rides and accessories through free daily demonstrations.