GET ON THE WATER
Kayaks, cruise ships or whatever floats your boat.
After months of looking at the ice-cold Charles River and Boston Harbor from afar, it’s finally warm enough to get out on the water again.
For those looking for a new skill or hobby, learning to sail or paddle may be the perfect way to spend the spring.
Located at the tip of Charles Street, Community Boating offers one-day rentals, but if you’re ready to commit, you can grab a 30-day beginner’s membership ($99) or a full-year membership ($309). Want to test the waters? Community Boating is hosting an open house May 22 with free orientations and skippered rides.
Boating in Boston
Boating in Boston’s seven locations — including UMass Boston, Newton and the Spot Pond Reservoir — offer hourly rentals of kayaks, standup paddle boards, canoes, rowboats and pedal boats for $10-$30.
If you love being on the water but don’t like doing the work, a cruise may be the answer.
Spirit of Boston Cruises
With fully stocked bars and a dance floor, the Spirit of Boston underwent a $3 million renovation last year and is ready to take party people out on the Harbor. Grab tickets to a Sunset Dinner Cruise ($72.90) for photo booths, live entertainment and board games.
Harbor Island Cruises
Get out to the Harbor Islands where you can swim, hike, explore a fort and even, if you’re woodsy enough, camp out. Boston Harbor Cruises provides ferries to Spectacle, Georges, Peddocks and Lovells Islands (adults, $17; children, $10).
Karma Crew Yacht Charters
Karma Crew Yacht Charters offers a craft beer and raw bar feast with the “Oysters and Brews Cruise” ($69) on Sundays and Fridays. Or embark on a “Tequila and Tacos Tuesday” cruise ($55) or the “G’Day Mate Coffee Cruise” ($35) on Saturday mornings.
Boston Harbor Cruises
Learn about the history of the Boston Harbor while enjoying a romantic sunset on this cruise, which loops around the inner and outer harbor. The 90-minute cruise will set off every night at 7 p.m., with tickets priced at $27.95 for adults.
You’ve got company
Spring means the chance to witness New England’s signature wildlife in their natural habitat.
Cape Ann Whale Watch
In historic Gloucester, the Cape Ann Whale Watch offers a “sightings guarantee,” meaning that if you don’t see a whale on your trip, you can enjoy another trip free. Tickets for adults are $48, $33 for children.
Monomoy Island Excursions
Monomoy Island Excursions takes guests aboard the Rip Rider from Cape Cod to the Monomoy wildlife refuge, which thousands of seals, birds and other animals call home. Tours are 90 minutes, and cost $36 for adults and $30 for children.
Yankee Fleet Fishing
Get away for about five hours on Yankee Fleet Fishing’s Deep Sea Fishing Trips, where both the beginner and expert fisher will have their own up-close-andpersonal interaction with the help of the crew. Adult tickets are $49, and include rods, reels, bait and hooks.