This one should be a no brainer. Reasons to go kayaking on the Charles: fun exercise, beautiful views, break from studying, vicariously reliving the first half of freshman fall when you + 200 of your closest friends were crew walk-ons. Reasons not to go kayaking: you have a fear of water.
Like I said, a no brainer. The Charles River Canoe & Kayak company have an abundance of options, whether you want to kayak on your own, with a non-crew friend, or go on a guided tour. They have five rental locations, making it a very popular option among college students. Below are some other companies to check out:
SKYLINE & SUNSET TOURS (2 HOURS): Exactly what it sounds like. Just you, the city, the sunset, and the open water...and an informative stranger. You can also go by stand-up paddleboard. $49.
BOSTON HARBOR TOURS (3 HOURS): Paddle from the Charles to the USS Constitution, Financial District, Esplanade, and back to Kendall, with views of the State House, Prudential, and Hancock buildings along the way. $75.
BARKING CRAB TOURS (4 HOURS): The same as the sunset tours, but you get barbeque from Redbones of Somerville upon arrival. $75.
BARBEQUE KAYAK TOURS (2.5 HOURS): Same as the Boston Harbor tours, but you end with lunch at the Barking Crab. They anticipate your forthcoming food baby, so after the noms they’ll take a scenic drive through historic downtown Boston and drop you back off at Kendall. $90.
SCREW THIS, I’M GROWN: A single kayak is $15 an hour/$60 per day, and a double kayak is $19 an hour/$76 per day.
Unfortunately, prime kayaking season happens to be right when we’re off school (late May-end of August), so it’s perfect if you’re spending the summer in Boston. If not, though, there are a couple weekends in late April, early May, and throughout September you can sneak in a rendezvous on the river before classes get too strenuous.
P.S. - Kayaking makes a great "work-out" (but really, if you go in a double kayak, you can just make the other person paddle)!