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Waterfront Recreation

Recreation and Marine Operations Relaunch Waterfront Activities

We are excited to bring back waterfront programming to enhance your educational and recreational experience at UMass Boston. We hope to provide a safe environment for learning, recreation, and relief from the stresses of being a student, faculty, or staff member. We are also happy to offer these activities to the local community!! If you are a part of the UMB community, heavily discounted rates are available. The Greater Boston community can also enjoy these activities by purchasing a season pass or take advantage of our hourly rates!!

Located on the beautiful Columbia Point next to UMass Boston at the Fox Point Dock. 

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Waterfront Activities

  • Kayaking: Explore the waters with our fleet of 12 – 10.5ft, 1 person Sea kayaks and 4 -  14 ft, 2 person Sea Kayaks. Perfect for solo adventures or paddling with a friend!

  • Stand-Up Paddle boarding (SUP): Test your balance and soak up the sun on our 6 stand-up paddleboards. A great way to enjoy the scenery and get a full-body workout.

  • Rowboats: Enjoy a leisurely day on the water with our 4 - 2 person rowboats. Ideal for a relaxing outing or a fun rowing experience.
  • Sailing: Feel the wind in your sails with our 6 -16ft Cape Cod Mercury Centerboard Sailboats. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or new to the sport, our sailboats provide an exhilarating experience. Season sailors must present a certification and/or pass an internal test before booking.   
    Sailing lessons are COMING SOON. 

Hours of Operation

Shoulder Season:  June 14-30th
and September 6-15th

Fri - Sun, 11am - 7pm

Regular Season: July 3 - September 6th

Wed - Sun, 11am - 7pm


Season Passes and Hourly Rates

Whether you're an avid water enthusiast or just looking to enjoy some fun in the sun, our passes offer unbeatable value and convenience.

Special Offer for UMB Students:

Current UMB students registered for fall 2024 and taking at least one credit course can utilize the waterfront equipment for FREE no additional membership required!

Season Pass Rates:

  • Individual Season Pass: $200
  • Senior (62+) or Military Pass: $100
  • Family Season Pass (must be purchased in-person at the dock): $350

Exciting Discounts:

  • HUGE 50% Discount for current recreation members!
  • 10% Discount for UMass Boston, faculty, staff, and alumni without a current recreation membership.
    Discounts are automatically applied when you log into our Recreation portal.

    Purchase Season Pass

Season Pass Perks:

  • FREE Equipment Rentals: Enjoy unlimited access to kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, and sailboats all summer long.

Hourly Rates:

Not ready for a membership? No problem! We offer flexible hourly rates:

  • Individual Kayaks, Tandem (2 person) Kayaks, Stand-Up Paddleboards, Rowboats (2 person), and *Sailboats (without an instructor): $25/hour

Reserve Equipment

*Onsite assessment or sailing certification needed 

How-To Guides:

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore the waters and create unforgettable memories. Grab your season pass today, and let’s make this summer one for the books!

Rules, Regulations, and Weather Policies

Here are the most frequently asked questions.

  1. Do you provide life jackets free of charge?

    • Yes, we do. Life jackets are provided at no additional cost and must be worn at all times while on the water.
  2. What are the age requirements for using the waterfront equipment?

    • Participants must be at least 18 years old to rent equipment. Minors (under 18) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will sign a waiver and supervise them.
  3. Are reservations required for using the equipment?

    • Yes, reservations are required due to our limited fleet. 
  4. What should I bring with me for a day on the water?

    • We recommend bringing sunscreen, a hat, water, a towel, and appropriate clothing for water activities. You should also bring a valid ID for equipment rental.
  5. Can I bring my own equipment to use at the waterfront?

    • Yes, you are welcome to bring your own equipment. However, you must check in with our staff before launching please contact the dock directly.
  6. Is there a changing area or locker room available?

    • No, we do not have changing areas or lockers.
  7. What are the operating hours of the waterfront program?

    • See Hours of operation section.
  8. Are there any safety guidelines I need to follow?

    • Yes, safety is our top priority. All participants must wear life jackets, follow the instructions of our staff, and adhere to posted safety guidelines.

Contact Us

For membership related questions please email: 

For Dock Operations please call 617.287.5404