There are too many Cambridge sights worth seeing to count, but we’ve highlighted a few of our favorite landmarks. If you’re looking for fun, important, or otherwise interesting things to see in Cambridge, these spots should be at the top of your list.
Where Alewife Brook Parkway and Cambridge Park Drive connect is the Alewife MBTA Station. From here, travelers can take the Red Line directly into downtown Boston. It’s only a 15 minute subway ride to Charles/MGH, the first stop in Boston’s brick and cobblestone Beacon Hill neighborhood. Alewife Station
Asa Gray House
Discover 19th-century Cambridge during a visit to the Asa Gray House, former home to the professor and botanist of the same name. It’s an educational, insightful, and completely free way to spend an afternoon in Cambridge. Asa Gray House: 88 Garden St., 617-349-400
Charles River Reservation
Bisecting Boston and Cambridge, the Charles is a beautiful river that, in the summer, is often dotted with kayaks and sailboats. The Cambridge side features stunning views across to Boston, with the gilded state house and towering highrises piercing the skyline. One of our favorite ways to explore the area is by biking along the Charles River Reservation’s paths. Rent a bike (try Cambridge Bicycle Rentals) and enjoy the moderate loop, which is open from March to October.
Fresh Pond Reservation
Just across the parkway from Freepoint Hotel is the 300-acre Fresh Pond Reservation, with more than two miles of walking paths and trails surrounding Fresh Pond, a scenic kettle hole lake. Fresh Pond Reservation
In addition to being a popular shopping and dining plaza, Harvard Square has always been the cultural and social center of Cambridge. Since it was founded in 1630 as a colonial village, Harvard Square has attracted politicians, professors, poets, and publishers. Some of the oldest surviving streets include Auburn Street, Brattle Street, Winthrop Street, and Farwell Place. Head to the Cambridge Common north of the park to see cannons abandoned by British trooops during the American Revolution. Harvard Square
MIT Ray and Maria Stata Center
MIT’s campus building houses a laboratories, a fitness center and other university spaces, but visitors will want to check out this Frank Gehry-designed space just for its unusual, off-kilter towers and surprising angles. It’s one of the most recognizable, avant-garde architectural masterpieces in the city. MIT Ray and Maria Stata Center: 32 Vassar St.
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Meant to be as enjoyable for the living as the deceased, Mount Auburn Cemetery was the nation’s first landscaped cemetery, founded in 1831. Today, the 175-acre cemetery is home to some 5,500 trees and other flora. Look for the graves of Henry W. Longfellow, abolitionist Charles Sumner, and Dorothea Dix. Mount Auburn Cemetery: 580 Mount Auburn St., 617-547-7105
Paris may have its arrondissements and New York its boroughs, but Cambridge has its squares. Harvard, Inman, Porter, Central and Kendall make up what is known as the City of Squares, each one with different feel and identity. Here’s our guide to Cambridge’s five main squares. Harvard Square This bustling area is home to the American Repertory Theater, some of Cambridge’s finest cafes and restaurants (like Harvest and Alden and...