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Charles River, Cambridge

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Stretching for 129 km (80 mi) through Massachusetts, Charles River reaches the sea in the city of Boston and is one of the area's key landmarks. The winding waterway, once at the forefront of the United States's industrialization, today provides many opportunities for recreation, such as rowing, sailing, and biking. Try hopping on the 37 km (23 mi) long bike path in Boston, which will take you past famous institutions, such as Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The river's esplanade offers views of the surrounding urban region in addition to marshes alive with waterfowl. You can rent a sailboat from one of the stands along the way. Use our Cambridge vacation planner to arrange your visit to Charles River and other attractions in Cambridge.
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  • Difficult to describe a frozen river in 100 words. Some of the bridges are nice, they have plates on them with few explanations. The walk alongside the river is pleasant.  more »
  • Took a walk from the micro center parking lot across the BU bridge and back around. There are always joggers and walkers and overall a pretty safe place for a walk. Check out the views at sunrise and ...  more »
  • It was beautiful also took photos from the Boston side, completely frozen Charles River. River offers jogging, walks, even in winter. From back Bay side often enjoyed the walk.
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  • Nice views.
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