After months of looking at the ice-cold Charles River and Boston Harbor from afar, it’s finally warm enough to get out on the water again. Here are 10 ways to enjoy Boston’s waters this spring.
For those looking for a new skill or hobby, learning to sail or paddle may be the perfect way to spend the spring.
1. Community Boating
Located at the tip of Charles Street by the Charles River, Community Boating seeks to make sailing and boating accessible to everyone, regardless of income, ability or age. It operates mostly on a membership basis, but also offers one-day rentals. Community Boating hosts a range of classes for beginner through seasoned members, and all membership levels include unlimited access to a fleet of Mercury sailboats, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. Boaters can choose from a 30-day beginner’s membership ($99), a 60-day membership with full access ($239) or a full-year membership ($309), but for those who just want to test the waters Community Boating is hosting two spring open houses (April 30 and May 22) where there will be free orientation classes and skippered sailboat rides.
2. Boating in Boston
Boating in Boston’s seven locations, ranging from UMass Boston to Newton to the Spot Pond Reservoir, offer hourly rentals, season passes, classes and summer camps. Kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, canoes, rowboats and pedal boats can be rented for $10-$30 depending on the boat, while windsurfers and sail boats are only available to those with a season pass ($189). Classes on sailing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding are free or discounted for season pass holders, ranging from $35-$95 for the public.
3. Charles River Canoe & Kayak
With four locations along the Charles River, Charles River Canoe & Kayak offers hourly or daily rentals of kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards, and is even set up to accommodate company bonding events. For those who are hooked on boating it also has a Canoe Season Pass ($159), a Kayak, Canoe and Stand-up Paddle Board Season Pass ($199) and an Outrigger Canoe Season Pass ($149). Charles River Canoe & Kayak has numerous classes as well, on everything from basic kayaking ($99) to ocean skills ($155) to navigation ($30).