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All hands on deck! Boston’s got some of New England’s best boating destinations, from the gleaming Harbor to the beautiful Jamaica Pond. Whether you want to try paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, or even sailing, it’s time to leave the shore behind and say hello to summer on the water.
By Kenneal Patterson
Where: Allston/Brighton, Kendall Square, Somerville, Newton, Waltham, Medford
What: Cambridge boating rentals have finally returned for the season! Rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard and explore sightseeing in the heart of the city. Locations include Kendall Square, Allston/Brighton, Somerville, Newton, Medford, and Waltham.
Where: Spot Pond (Stoneham)
What: Whether you’re looking to paddleboard, kayak, or canoe, Boating in Boston Rentals has it all. Pack a lunch and explore the beauty of their locations within Hopkinton State Park, Lake Cochituate, and Spot Pond Reservoir.
Where: Rowes Wharf
What: Set sail across the Atlantic. Classic Harbor Line invites visitors to experience the beauty of Boston Harbor with a sunny day sail, a lovely evening sail, or various special sails which include fun drinks (and even upcoming chances to see Fourth of July fireworks in the Harbor)!
Where: Long Wharf
What: You know what they say, Boston’s best seen by water. Hop on board a tall ship for a chance to glide around the Harbor. Liberty Fleet Sailing offers day sails, sunset cruises, and other fun events coming in June (tropical cocktails, anyone?)
Where: Jamaica Plain
What: You don’t need to drive hours—Jamaica Pond is one of Boston’s best nearby spots to rent a kayak, paddleboard, or rowboat for the day. And if you’re a seasoned sailor, you can even rent a sailboat after passing a quick checkout.
Where: Charles River
Cost: $34/two hrs (kayaks/paddleboards); $85-119/ two hrs (sailing)
What: Community Boating offers non-members the chance to take their boats for a spin. Travel along the length of the Esplanade and watch the sun set over the Boston skyline. Plus, experienced sailors can even rent two types of sailboats!
What: This adorable family owned business invites visitors to meander the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers. Book a canoe or kayak for a peaceful balmy day.
Where: India Wharf Marina
Cost: $40+/per person for 12 person-rental
What: Cruise the harbor with your besties or book an outing for your team. With Boston Electric Boats, you can rent a private boat with a captain or try your hand at being the captain yourself!
Sup Yo Paddleboards (Starting June 4)
What: Get in touch with your inner zen. Yoga is so much better in the middle of the water, so rent a paddleboard and take a class with Sup Yo now!
Bonus FREE canoe & kayak event:
What: You heard us right. On June 3, you can canoe and kayak for free! Get excited for food trucks, ice cream, and family fun at the famous annual Neponset Day.
Whether you’re an avid kayaker or paddleboard yoga master, Boston’s got the best spots for boat rentals this season.