The Charles River is the beacon of Boston. Though it follows a highly meandering route, doubling back on itself several times and traveling through 23 cities, the stretch of The Charles that immediately slices through Beacon Hill and the Esplanade and the banks of Cambridge and Harvard University are perhaps its most well-known.

A draw to both locals and tourists alike, The Charles River, ebbs and flows in beauty throughout the year – a promise warmth and a city reborn during spring, the heartbeat of Boston (and all its runners) during summer, the most gorgeous backdrop of foliage during fall and a mesmerizing winter wonderland during winter.

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During each season, The Charles offers something for everyone:

Lace up your shoes:

The Charles River Esplanade is a three-mile leafy park on the Boston side of the Charles River. With an easy walking path that weaves along the river, it’s a perfect way to get some fresh air while enjoying the views of Boston.




Tour the river:

The Boston Duck Tours are a fun way to explore with family – the tours include a guided tour along streets, before taking a dive into the river. The Charles Riverboat Tours also feature beautiful sights along the Esplanade, Beacon Hill, and Black Bay neighborhoods.


Esplanade foliage with Duck


Dive in…well, almost:

Community Boating rents fishing or sailboats, or the Charles River Canoe & Kayak offers options for paddleboat and canoe rentals.


A picnic on The Charles is quintessential Boston – and like no other you will experience. Pack your own or hit up a local restaurant or store for New England-style options like lobster rolls and chilled wine.


Charles River Kayaking

While one can argue that there are several great vantage points to the splendor of the Boston skyline, we argue that there is no view like the view from Royal Sonesta Boston. Seeing Boston from their point of view means glimmering city lights bouncing off of the water, rising and shining with the sun coming over the Boston Harbor, and sipping a cold, local beer in the warm sun from the patio directly on the river. The beds and the hospitality are top-notch as well.

Royal Sonesta Boston has partnered with Paddle Boston to offer a Summer Adventure Package, making it easy to explore Boston and Cambridge the most scenic way. The package includes overnight river view accommodations, one day of kayaking or paddle boarding on the Charles River and a build-your-own picnic lunch at STUDIO Café & Bakery.

Looking for just a room? Make sure you book their Travel Pass Member Rate for the best guest room price. Travel Pass is Sonesta’s guest rewards program that gives you perks, points, privileges and exclusives on top of the warm, friendly service and little extras – all on top of the automatic 5% discount you receive on rate.

Pink Sailboats on Charles River