Summer Escapes: Stick Around
Tour guides? They won’t shut up. How about AC/DC instead, blaring from 30 marine-grade speakers as Codzilla tears through the ocean at 40 miles per hour? A 2,800-horsepower engine, fierce paint job, and air of badittude make this high-octane boat ride a rollercoaster on the harbor. Bring: Ray-Bans; Dramamine. Cost: $25 (adults); $21 (children ages 4 to 12); $23 (seniors). When: Anywhere from three to eight departures daily from the Long Wharf pier. >> 617-227-4321, bostonharborcruises.com/codzilla.
Paddle the Charles
Paddle Boston can get you out on the water any way you want, with a selection of standup paddleboards, rowboats, kayaks, and canoes launching from several convenient locations in Boston nd Cambridge. If you don’t feel like paddling, reserve a 10-person canoe and let your friends do the work. Bring: Upper-arm strength. Cost: Kayaks, $15 per hour; canoes, $16 per hour. When: Rentals are available from April through Columbus Day. >> Boston, 617-462-2513; Cambridge, 617-492-0941, paddleboston.com.
Boston Harbor Sailing Club
You got your sea legs before you could walk and have been sailing ever since. Impress the landlubbers in your life by taking a Sonar out for a spin in the inner harbor. A membership gets you unlimited use of the club’s fleet. Bring: Topsiders; your best ostentatious yacht-club inflection. Cost: Full-day rentals, $100 (weekdays); $125 (weekends). Memberships start at $400 per year. When: The season runs May through October. >> 617-720-0049, bostonharborsailing.com.
Yacht for Hire
If you still find yourself singing Andy Samberg’s “I’m on a Boat” whenever you get out on the open water, charter an all-out luxury yacht for you and up to 109 of your favorite people to cruise the harbor in. Bring: T-Pain; your fraternity brothers. Cost: Starts at $1,800 per hour, with a minimum two-hour charter. When: Whenever you want. That’s what charters are about. >> 866-429-9283, groups.entertainmentcruises.com.
— Katherine Brooks