There is no better way to enjoy the Charles River than to get right in the middle of it. This Kendall Square location offers hourly or daily boat rentals. I'm not just a fan, I'm a member.
These boat cruises are a great way to spend an hour or two. It's a smooth ride with frequent departure times. I highly recommend the sunset cruise.
Every Sunday from late April to mid November, busy Memorial Drive is closed to car traffic from Western Ave to Mount Auburn Street from 11 am until 7 pm. It is fantastic chance for people to ride bikes or take a leisurely walk along the Charles, without the noise and chaos of traffic.
This public pool has a stunning view of the Charles River. You can cool down and relax while watching the boats glide by. I should also mention the pool is FREE!
North Point is a charming park situated right along the Charles, with lots of open space, winding walking trails, a fenced-in playground, splash deck in the warm months, and a pedestrian foot bridge to Charlestown. This park is also a great place to watch the duck boats splash down.