The lower basin of the Charles River holds the attention of many Charles River parkland users. After all, the lower basin and its proximity to the Esplanade, Back Bay, Museum of Science, and Kendall Square accommodates thousands of daily visitors. However, for a change of scenery follow the river upstream toward the BU Bridge and then further on to Harvard Square. At the Weeks Memorial Footbridge continue further upstream. Pass the rowing clubs and boathouses, pass Newton and Watertown Yacht Clubs and soon you will reach Watertown Square. Here the Charles narrows. Tree bows bend toward the river and you may see locals fishing. In spring you may see predator birds feasting on a Herring run. The river is quiet.
Take advantage of the cold weather solitude by following this beautiful long walk or bike ride. A two-mile loop from Watertown Square to Bridge Street will show you a new side of the Charles River. The well maintained bike/foot path follows as the river bends its way through mature trees and refreshing wild. Along the way scenic overlooks afford views of a Charles River miles away in distance, and appearance, from the bustling lower basin.