It’s time to enjoy the great outdoors! Just across the Charles River from Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts has a wealth of activities to enjoy when the good weather calls us outside. Here are a few of our favorite things to do in Cambridge that take advantage of the fresh air.

The Courtyard Garden at Freepoint

The Secret Garden at the Freepoint Hotel West Cambridge

You won’t have to go far to enjoy the courtyard (and secret garden) at Freepoint. Sit outside in our spacious courtyard and you’ll feel worlds away from the hustle of the city. The garden-like space has lounge seating and a firepit, making it a perfect spot to meet up with friends or read a book on your own.

Outdoor Activities in Cambridge

When you’re ready to leave the garden at Freepoint, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy being outside in Cambridge. From strolls along the Charles River to bird watching at Mount Auburn Cemetery. Here are 5 other ways to see Cambridge in the sunshine.

Running along the Charles River

Hit the pavement and run or walk on the sidewalk running parallel to Memorial Drive that overlooks the Charles River. Your sweat will be rewarded with envy-inducing views of the gold-domed State House, Prudential and Hancock Towers, and the picturesque sailboats that dot the river. The view is beautiful throughout the day but especially sp in the hour before sunset.

Charles River Canoe and Kayak

So you’ve seen the river from your walk but why not go out onto it? Charles River Canoe and Kayak provides rentals, lessons, and guided tours for all athletic and experience levels. The company even offers the chance to see the July 4th fireworks display from its 10-person canoe.

Charles Riverboat Company

Embark on a 70-minute, narrated tour along the Charles River of various sites from Beacon Hill and Back Bay to Harvard and MIT on one of these Instagram-ready boats. Boats depart from  Lechmere Canal Park at The CambridgeSide Mall.

Fresh Pond Reservation

Soak in the trees and open green space at this 155-acre kettle hole lake. The two-plus mile road which runs around part of the lake is great for running, walking, and even rollerblading and is also idea for nature enthusiasts, bird watchers, and artists who come for the flora, fauna, and light. The reservation is an escape from the urban setting without being too far away from the hub bub.

Mount Auburn Cemetery

The 174-acre space honors the deceased while providing outdoor lovers with opportunities to learn more about nature. The cemetery holds events throughout the year highlighting the space’s unique history from a Pride Week walk of the land to the bi-monthly Early Risers Horticulture Club and a tutorial on photographing trees at Mount Auburn.

Linger Longer in Cambridge

Want to truly experience the most of Cambridge? Book our Stay More, Save More package and save up to 20 percent when you stay more than three nights with us. And be sure to check out our blog for more recommendations on things to do in Cambridge during your stay!