Cambridge, Mass. is right next to downtown Boston along the Charles River. The area is known for its cultural, historic, and outdoor activities. If you’re planning a trip to Cambridge, check out these tips for getting the most out of your visit.
Head Down the Charles River
The Charles River flows through the area before eventually emptying into the Boston Harbor. On its way, the river passes by many famous landmarks like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus, Paul Revere Park, and Boston University. There are many ways for visitors to explore this river. They can rent a kayak or canoe and paddle the slow-moving current. Or, they can climb aboard a riverboat and enjoy a sunset or sightseeing cruise. Guests staying at the Courtyard by Marriot Boston-Cambridge, situated on the banks of the Charles River, can enjoy spectacular views of downtown Boston and the Charles River.
Tour Harvard Square
Directly across from Harvard University, which is the oldest university in the country, is the vibrant Harvard Square full of shops, local restaurants, and hotel options. The area is home to distinctive restaurants, unique boutiques, street performers, bookstores, and coffeehouses. This is also the location of the Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site. The famous poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived here for almost fifty years, and General George Washington used the house as his headquarters for a brief period during the American Revolution. Today, the home serves as a museum to both Longfellow and Washington, and is also known for the splendid gardens on the property.
Walk the Freedom Trail
The Freedom Trail allows visitors to explore much of the area’s history at their own pace. This 2.5-mile brick path takes visitors to 16 sites with historic significance to the city and the American Revolution. Since there’s no specific beginning, middle, or end to the trail, guests can start at any point they want. Destinations along the trail include Paul Revere House, Massachusetts State House, and the USS Constitution. While some sites charge a small admission fee, most are either free or take donations. Consider booking a hotel along the Freedom Trail so you can revisit history again and again.
Laugh It Up at ImprovBoston
For visitors looking for a few good laughs, ImprovBoston is an improvisational theater that has comedy shows five nights a week. All of the shows are live and completely improvised based on suggestions from the audience. The theater even has an attached school where people can learn about standup comedy, improv comedy, and sketch writing. The creative performers and students of ImprovBoston have gone on to become television stars, theatrical producers, and writers for shows like “The Daily Show”. Best of all, there are shows for both adults and families, so everyone can enjoy an evening full of good fun.
In a city known for endless opportunities for exploring museums, historic sites, and enjoying outdoor activities, these are just a few destinations worth checking out in Cambridge. On your next trip to the area, make sure you enjoy all this vibrant and historic city has to offer.
Kristen McCalla is a writer and avid blogger who lives in Florida with her husband, cat, and dog. She’s currently writing for the Hipmunk City Love Project. When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling around this beautiful country.