Charles River Boat Tour: A Family Adventure

Don’t you just love when you get a bonus tour included in a sightseeing tour in Boston package that you were totally not expecting? It’s like finding an extra $100 in your pocket. Well, at least that’s what it felt like for me when I discovered that my family and I get to cruise the famous Charles River in Boston when I got my tickets for the Boston Super Tours to trolley two-day hop on hop off pass.

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My brother lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts right near the river, and always tells me about the Sailing Regattas and the frenzy of the crowds, and of course, rowing races which are internationally known, as well. Plus, some of the best neighborhoods in Boston to visit and the most important universities in the United States can be seen boat side.

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Why take a Boat Tour along the Charles River in Boston?

1. Sightseeing made easy

Boats usually aren’t as fast-paced as trolleys or buses. And they certainly aren’t as arduous as a walking tour. Plus, there is plenty of room for kids to burn off some of their energy when the whole novelty of being on a boat wears off. And with this, the parents get to enjoy the views and also allow some of the tour guide’s information to sink in and maybe even learn something new.

2. Historic

Once you arrive in Boston, you’ll immediately get hit in the head with just how historic and important Boston was and still is for the United States. The Charles River was a key navigational route for Captain John Smith as he explored to mapped out the New England Coast. (More fun facts about the river below).

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3. Maritime

Boston is considered one of the top Maritime cities in the New England area, if not in all of the US. With the legendary Regattas and rowing races.

4. Length of the Tour

The whole tour was around one hour long. Just enough for us to see all of Boston and Cambridge. But more importantly, enough time for the kids to not drive us completely batty and even keep their interest alive for the most part.

5. Sights Along the Charles River

Salt and Pepper Bridge

salt and pepper bridge boston

Sailboats and schools

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Harvard University

view of harvard university from a boat cruise in boston
Harvard University

Boat Houses from tons of Universities in Boston

Boat Houses in boston
Boat Houses

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Fun Facts about the Charles River in Boston

  • The Charles River is over 80 miles (130 km) long, flowing past 23 cities and emptying out into the Atlantic Ocean at Boston.

  • The river is famous for its rowing, sculling, dragon boating, and sailing, both recreational and competitive.

  • The Head of the Charles Regatta is held here every October.

  • In early June, the annual Hong Kong Boston Dragon boat Festival is held in Cambridge.

  • The Charles River was named by King Charles and was one of the few remaining names from that time that stayed on.

  • The Charles River watershed contains over 8,000 acres of protected wetlands, referred to as Natural Valley Storage.

Information for Taking the Charles Boat River Cruise

We did the tour via our Boston Super Tours Premium Ticket Package. They included five bonus tours on top of their two days hop on and hop off trolley tour. I’m not a huge fan of Museums, and the boat tour was something that our whole family enjoys doing.

Schedule – you can either call Boston Super Tours or find out when you pick up your tickets about the different times of the tour.

Location – The tour is located at the back of Cambridge Side Galleria Mall.

Charles River in Boston – A Boat Tour in Boston

Last Updated on August 16, 2023

3 thoughts on “Charles River Boat Tour: A Family Adventure

  1. Receiving such bonuses is always something to appreciate. A really nice surprise that definitely makes any client happy – and leads to good recommendations 😉

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