One of the great things about living in New England in my opinion is all of the bodies of water we have here. We don’t have to worry about droughts as much as people in other parts of the country and our backyard is covered with lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, creeks and other types of waterways. This makes New England a great place to be a kayak owner or to at least give it a try. My wife and I are considering buying kayaks because there are so many great places to enjoy kayaking just in our backyard! A few places near us that we’ve tried include the following:
- Charles River Canoe and Kayak – located in several locations in the Boston area the one Newton is just a few minutes down the road from us. You can rent stand-up paddleboards in addition to canoes and kayaks. This part of the Charles River has plenty of room to maneuver and you get to see lots of places from a unique angle. One example is the I-95/128 and I-90 interchange. It looks completely different on a boat underneath the highway.
- South Bridge Boat House: This place rents canoes and kayaks in Concord. It’s a great way to enjoy parts of Minuteman National Historic Park, especially the North Bridge in Concord where the second main engagement of the Minuteman against the British Army.
- Norton Reservoir Kayaking: I haven’t been here yet but I grew up right down the street from this lovely body of water. There is a great kayak company that I’ve heard about and I want to try.
- Lyman Reserve: There aren’t any places nearby that rent kayaks that I know of.
However, don’t let that stop you. This Trustees of Reservations property fronts onto Buttermilk Bay, a sheltered and calm area connected to Buzzards Bay that is a great place to kayak and enjoy the lovely coastal scenery of Massachusetts.
These are just a few of the many, many places you can go out and enjoy using a kayak or canoe in Eastern Massachusetts alone!! There are many more places in the rest of the state and throughout New England. Please let me know a few of your favorites – by commenting below, on my Facebook page or via Twitter (@takeadaytrip)! I’d love to hear from you!!