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The Charles River Basin runs between Boston and Cambridge, in the state of Massachusetts. It is a planned and developed landscape that runs for 19 miles of river shoreline. It includes over 20 parks and natural areas and stretches from the New Dam at the Charlestown Bridge, to the dam near Watertown Square. The area is often simply known as ‘The Basin’.
The Charles River Basin is used as a boundary to define Boston’s metropolitan area. The Basin serves as a complex transportation and linkage system for the city of Boston, and is also host for many of the areas historic and natural resources. The bridges and waterways of the Charles River Basin contribute significantly to Boston’s economy. Boston is home to Fidelity Investments, and the regional headquarters of Bank of America and Sovereign Bank. It also supports publishing and printing houses such as Houghton Mifflin, Bedford-St. Martin’s Press, and Beacon Press. There are many locations for serviced offices in the business areas that run beside the Charles River Basin.
Entertainment And Dining Out
There are many things to see and do along the Basin. This area is host to annual events that include the Charles River Regatta, the annual 4th of July concerts, and many walk-a-thons, and river fairs. Recreational opportunities in the Charles River Basin include the bike paths, boat ramps, boat tours, canoeing, ice-skating, sailing, picnicking, and more. Dining options in Charles River Basin include Zephyr on the Charles, Charles River Boat Co, Dante Restaurant, Charles River Coffee House, ArtBar, and Margaritas Mexican Restaurant.
The nearest major airport to the Charles River Basin is Logan International Airport. This airport has international and domestic flights to the area. Another major airport is Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, which has domestic flights from Manchester, New Hampshire and is 53 miles from Boston, MA. Boston public transportation consists of commuter rail, train, bus, and water shuttles. The rapid-transit system serves the core city and many of the suburbs, and offers easy access to many points along the Charles River Basin. The Basin bridges provide critical connections in and out of Boston for local businesses, universities, hospitals, bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers.