10 Must Visit Spots in Cambridge, MA

  1. Harvard University Campus in CambridgeThe MIT Museum. State of the art exhibits in every corner. Holograms, robots, and interactive learning opportunities for every age. Science and math are fascinating at this museum. Plus, you can visit for free on the last Sunday of the month!
  1. As long as the weather allows, the African American Heritage Trail offers a great way to get around town on foot (or bicycle), and learn about one of the oldest African American communities in the country. Twenty plaques across the city honor important historical figures, including abolitionists, authors, educators and politicians. Begin on Flagg Street with the first trail marker that commemorates the life and work of W.E.B. DuBois.
  1. Harvard University. It’s not shocking to see Harvard mentioned in a list of things to see in Cambridge, but many visitors are surprised by how accessible Harvard is to guests. The University is a hub of activity that both showcase its historical and current contributions to American higher education. The campus has something for every guest to enjoy, from art museums to historic dormitories and the Natural Science Museum.
  1. While you’re in the neighborhood, the adjacent Harvard Square is a must-see to fully understand how Harvard University exists and interacts in its own neighborhood. It’s also a fun, active neighborhood. Eclectic boutiques, cafes, restaurants and street performers keep these streets bustling with activity.
  1. Get off the beaten tourist path and check out Inman Square. This diverse neighborhood with strong Portuguese and Brazilian influences is where to find salsa dancing lessons and unique boutiques, as well as many ethnic restaurants and eclectic cafes.
  1. Charles River. This flowing body of water is part of the lifeblood of Cambridge. Explore it however you desire during your visit—walk along the scenic paths, rent a bike or boat, or find a boat cruise! There are a number of themed river cruises, from the “Duck Tours” to the “Architecture Cruise”.
  1. Try to end your river adventure at MIT’s campus (located on a mile-long stretch of the river), and enjoy the eclectic architecture. Several buildings on campus were designed by famous architects like Frank O. Gehry and I.M. Pei.
  1. As Harvard Square is to Harvard, Kendall Square is to MIT. This 10-acre neighborhood showcases the booming high tech and biotech industries. Concerts, a farmer’s market, canoe/kayak rental and picnic spaces abound during warmer months.
  1. Mount Auburn Cemetery. Yes, it’s a cemetery. It’s also free to visit and welcomes guests! It was one of the first in Cambridge, and dozens of historical figures have been laid to rest in its grounds. If you’re not into looking at gravestones, the sweeping, majestic grounds of cemetery offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  1. Haven’t had enough history yet? Get ye to Brattle Street, also known as Tory Row—one of the oldest thoroughfares in Cambridge. All kinds of buildings and historic sites from the Revolutionary War can be found here. Poets, or those who appreciate poetry should check out the Longfellow National Historical Site. This historic architectural gem was the home of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and also served as the headquarters of George Washington for a short time.
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