Picture 27Every New Englander loves to be outdoors once the weather turns nice and visitors alike love the region’s best coastline. For a unique view of Boston and Cambridge, there’s no better option than renting a kayak or canoe to set off on day of exploration of either Boston Harbor or the picturesque Charles River. Here, you will paddle past some of the city’s best sights, including the Esplanade, Hancock and Prudential buildings, Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, Museum of Science, M.I.T., and Boston University.

Charles River Canoe & Kayak offers rental options from their newest location in Cambridge at Kendall Square. You can rent by the hour or for a full day with rates for children available. For the less adventurous, book a guided tour, where one of the most popular is the barbecue kayak tour, which ends with a catered lunch from Redbones in Somerville. Best of all, you can head over to the Harbor Islands, pitch a tent and stay the night, returning the following day.