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Charles River

City Life

Why I Kayaked the Entire Charles River

At dawn, fog rose from the surface of the Charles River. On that morning last autumn, songbirds darted over the water as I kayaked downstream […]

City Life

If You Want to Take a Swim in the Charles River, They Can’t Stop You on June 18

Look, I get it. There’s a big, beautiful body of water with a million-dollar view of two great American cities, and it’s right there: Steps […]

City Life

40 Local Leaders Share Their Favorite Places in Boston

Edited by Andrea Timpano Reporting by Spencer Buell, Colbi Edmonds, Catherine Elton, Erin Kayata, Ann Matica, John Spooner, John Terhune, and Lisa Weidenfeld Stéphane Bancel […]

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Setting Sail on the Charles with Community Boating, Inc. in Its 75th Year

It’s hard not to be charmed by Community Boating, Inc. As of this summer, the scrappy, volunteer-driven nonprofit has officially spent 75 years at the […]


Is Indoor Rowing Boston’s Next Hottest Workout Trend?

“Legs, core, arms. Legs, core, arms. Legs, core, arms.” I repeated the mantra from my instructor over and over as I pushed my heels into […]


The Head of the Charles Regatta, by the Numbers

225,000–300,000 Spectators expected to show up in person 7 Overcrowded bridges from which to watch the race 120,641 Dollars raised for Head of the Charles […]

City Life

After a Giant Algae Bloom, the Charles River Is Back to Normal

Some good news for anyone who’s been worried about the health of the beloved Charles River since an algae bloom turned it into a toxic […]

City Life

Beware: A Public Health Advisory Has Been Issued for the Charles River

If the Charles River is looking especially green and weird this week, that’s because it’s chock full of toxic algae. A public health advisory has been […]

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Police Pulled the Body of a Man from the Charles River at Magazine Beach

An investigation was underway Monday morning at Magazine Beach in Cambridge after police pulled the body of a man from the Charles River near its shore. […]


Night Shift Is Opening Two Charles River Beer Gardens

UPDATE, Monday, August 13, 6 p.m.: The Owl’s Nest beer garden at Herter Park opens Saturday, Aug. 18, at noon. Night Shift has been slinging drinks along […]

City Life

The Charles River Lower Basin Is Full of Bacteria

A giant “bloom” of bacteria has appeared in the Charles River Lower Basin—the part between the Longfellow Bridge and Museum of Science—and it’s so bad the state […]

Arts & Entertainment

A Spectator’s Guide to the Head of the Charles Regatta

Since 1965, the Head of the Charles Regatta has lured and challenged hundreds of thousands of rowers to the Charles River in this famed sporting […]

Arts & Entertainment

Pro Tips for Watching the Head of the Charles Regatta

There are fights. There are wrecks. There are moments of glory. The Head of the Charles is truly a sporting event unto itself. Whereas most […]

City Life

A Tale of Two Rivers

The Charles was a cesspool for centuries until we finally cleaned it up. Why can’t we do the same with the Mystic?

Arts & Entertainment

Boston Hosts Its First-Ever Red Bull Flugtag Competition

Teams of daring souls took flight today over the Charles River for the first-ever Red Bull Flugtag competition in Boston. Here are some highlights: For […]