The best part about summer in Southie? Proximity to the waterfront. And okay, while you might not want to dive in for a swim (despite nearly every local beach acing its bacteria test), there are still plenty of ways to take advantage of the city’s nearby waterways—you know, besides just looking at them. Our most recent favorite? Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), and you’ll find a handful of places—some even within walking distance—offering rentals, meetups, and even paddleboard yoga classes for the more coordinated set. Check it out:
Rent a board on your own or head to the Kendall Square location for a three-hour guided tour that takes you from the Charles River Dam, through Boston’s Inner Harbor, and into the Charlestown Navy Yard.
Rate: $18/Hour, $72/Day
Community Boating Inc.
Head over to the Back Bay where paddleboards (kayaks, too) are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis for just $45 a day. (In other words, get there early.)
Rate: Adults + Children $45/Day
Friends of Fort Point + Sup Sonas
Head to the Fort Point Pier where Sup Sonas is offering free, we repeat, FREE stand-up paddleboard lessons on a handful of dates this summer. Board rentals are also offered through this partnership on Tuesdays at 6PM.
Rates Upon Inquiry
Experienced boarder or simply have great balance? This one’s for you. Held Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings at the Fort Point Pier (launching off the Gillette Dock), this yoga-paddleboard mashup promises to increase your focus, balance, concentration, and core strength.
Rate: $40/Class, $30/BYOB Class