Cambridge Travel Guide

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Cambridge Things to Do

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    upon entering Cambridge along the bridge at Massachussetts avenue near the Charles Bridge, the first Ivy League School you will see is the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, the institute used a polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory...

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  • Harvard Yard

    The Harvard Yard is only one of two public areas where non-students like the general public can enter this prestigious university and there is free admission. it has a public entrance at massachusetts avenue and is avout 22 acres (9 hectares) in diameter and where the iconic John Harvard Statue is located. according to wikipedia:The center of the...

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  • Harvard University

    the most elite of the Ivy League Schools in Cambridge and all across North America is the Iconic Harvard Univeristy! It is the oldest of the universities founded in Cambridge, which was started in 1636 and is known wordwide and that gradutes of this univerity are sought after around the world. The University has a main area composing of about 5,000...

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Cambridge Restaurants

  • Harvard Square Staple

    Grafton Street is my "go to" place when looking for a good place to eat in Harvard Square. The menu is varied and large and I've always enjoyed what I've had there. The decor is lovely with dark wood, great lighting, and a beautiful bar. It's also pretty large, so getting a table there shouldn't pose a problem. I've had a wonderful salad, a lovely...

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  • Tapas and Sangria

    Dali is an amazing little tapas restaurant with a friendly ambiance that swallows you up right as you step in the door. The décor and lighting are rich and dark and it’s just a lovely and fun place all around. The staff and crowd are both very welcoming and it's perfect whether you're a group looking for a lively night or a couple on an intimate...

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  • World Wide Tapas

    A sister restaurant to the oh so fabulous Dali, Cuchi Cuchi draws you in with it's atmosphere. It embodies a sort of old Hollywood luxury with it's warmth, eclectic decor, and a carefree attitude. The owners obviously took great care in designing every corner. The bar is especially inviting and seems to call for lovely girls sipping martinis.Dress...

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Cambridge Nightlife

  • Nightlife

    People come here mostly for the music. They feature different DJs every night of the week and for the most part they are excellent. It can actually be quite the event and can have a really artsy vibe. They also occasionally host art shows, comedy shows, full bands, and speakers.When you walk in you’ll find a square room with minimal décor and high...

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  • Nightlife

    There is no sign, just a door with a red elephant on it right next to Central Kitchen. Upstairs you'll find a corridor of a room that is dark, rich, and alluring. Several platforms line the walls where you can kick off your shoes and lounge with friends amidst the moroccan decor. They have a pretty interesting drink selection most of which will...

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  • Brewhouse

    Winner of awards galore, the brew house is huge and as the name states, they brew their own beers, which you can smell as you walk the streets. They make a great dark Irish stout much like Guinness. In fact it is so good I had several. They have some very funky stained glass here too. casual

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Cambridge Transportation

  • Boston Trolley Tour Buses

    being a historic and touristy City, there are various Boston Trolley Buses plying routes around the boston area and beyond like Cambridge, this trolley tours are different from the regular big bus tours in the fact that you can hop on and off the designated trolley stops which are located beside the major attractions and you can spend time on your...

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  • Boston T Subway

    there are two ways of going to cambridge from boston if you don't want to rent a car and drive or if you don't have local friends who will show ou around, the more touristy will be via the assorted Boston Trolley Buses and the public subway, the boston T, where it has a stop in the center of Harvard Yard in Cambridge and the Massachusetts Institute...

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  • The T

    I think the T in Boston is one of the easiest public transportation systems to get around on (even if it's not the most efficient). All of the lines are known by color (red, green, orange, etc.) so you can pretty much tell where you are by the colors around you. Cambridge is right off the red line and the stops are named after the squares (Kendall...

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Cambridge Shopping

  • Jewelry... and tobacco?

    There's a famous store in Harvard Square called Leavitt and Peirce, filled with tobacco, pipes, cologne, and all manner of manly things, but tucked away in a corner at the rear of the store there's an alcove of gold, silver, amber and many other kinds of jewelry. They have items from around the globe, with many pieces from Latin America. The staff...

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  • Crafts

    This shop, which is run by a non-profit agency, sells handicrafts made by artisans from mostly third-world countries who are paid fairly for their work. Goods include ceramics, jewelry, figurines, baskets and textiles.

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  • Science books and university...

    If you are interested in educational or science books, head towards the Coop store at Kendall Square. The joint university bookstore (Harvard + MIT that is) boasts a good selection of specialty books for people interested in science.There is also a more mundane section selling university paraphernalia, such as caps, t-shirts, hoodies, and so forth....

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Cambridge Local Customs

  • Harvard Shot Glasses

    being the most famous ivy league university in the Ivy League Bastion of Cambridge and being there, I must buy my favorite souvenir items like the shot glasses and the fridge magnets and off course, being a touristy town and being part of the boston loop bus tour, I must buy these favorite collectible items of mine and they are available at...

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  • Harvard Fridge Magnets

    being the most famous ivy league university in the Ivy League Bastion of Cambridge and being there, I must buy my favorite souvenir items like the shot glasses and the fridge magnets and off course, being a touristy town and being part of the boston loop bus tour, I must buy these favorite collectible items of mine and they are available at...

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  • Head up, eyes open

    Bostonians are notorious jaywalkers. As pedestrians we would rather risk our lives than wait at a crosswalk for a second longer than we have to. So if you are a walker waiting calmly for the light to change, don't be surprised to see people head straight into the road with barely a side glance. They're more likely to be looking at you with a...

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Cambridge Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't take Yellow Cab!!

    I usually pack light, so when I'm travelling, I just hop on the T (what we call the subway in the Boston Area, short for MBTA - Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority, or something like that...), which takes you straight to the airport. But this time around, I was going to a wedding and had to check some things on the plane. I called Yellow Cab, a...

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  • Knee-deep in winter wonderland

    The winter in Boston lasts from mid-November until mid-April, with crappy weather persisting into May. If only there were just 2 seasons, Spring and Autumn...

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  • Okay here’s a warning on Harvard...

    Okay here’s a warning, Harvard Square is infested with bums and beggars that heckle passersby. Before I get started on this topic, I would like to say that by and large, I don’t give money to people who merely ask for it. This evening (07/17/2002) I was walking down Massachusetts Avenue talking to my sister on my cellular phone. As I approached...

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Cambridge Tourist Traps

  • HARVARD shirt

    If you go to the COOP, which is the sort of official Bookstore for Harvard University, you can buy tons of Harvard merchandise. However, if you don't really care about it being completely authentic, and by that I mean being endorsed by the school, you can buy shirts that say "Harvard" or "Boston", etc. for much cheaper in the subway station or even...

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  • HARVARD SQUARE...

    HARVARD SQUARE... 'What,' you might be saying to yourself, but hear me out. Harvard Square has been overrun with national chain retailers and it's looking more and more like a suburban shopping mall that you would find in Oak Brook, Illinois! Okay, perhaps I am exaggerating a little, but the truth remains. When I first moved to Boston, a friend of...

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  • I consider this a Tourist...

    I consider this a Tourist 'Trip' ... okay, it's not cheap, $25 (senior 60+ $22) but children 12 & under are free with a paying adult. It is a good way to see as much as you can in a shorter amount of time. I haven't felt like spending that kind of money for a tour yet. But you might!http://www.historictours.com/boston/

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Cambridge What to Pack

  • Packing List

    You might want to take a picture of yourself in Cambridge so that you can make all your friends think that you are a brilliant student! Don't forget your camera.

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  • Packing List

    Nice to travel light. I see a lot of backpacks! But they look pretty heavy with books, LOL. Pack for the season ... we have Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. And sometimes they blend together! You can buy anything you need here or course! Need a nice place to sit and eat a take out Lunch?Try the lawn ... if you can find some between all the...

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  • Packing List

    SPRING: Bring warm clothes, sweaters, light jackets or coats and a raincoat. Also, bring summer clothes, shorts, T-shirts, etc. The weather changes suddenly from being very hot and sunny one day to being cold and rainy the next. You never know what to wear. People who live here don't either. It is possible to have snow even in April. We had a...

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Cambridge Off The Beaten Path

  • Picnic at the Fresh Pond

    Fresh Pond is Cambridge's fresh water reservoir. You can't swim here, but you can certainly picnic, and walk around the pond. There's a recreation area for kids, and even a golf course here.Try parking on Huron Avenue, near the Belmont Cemetery.

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  • Mount Auburn Cemetery

    Mount Auburn Cemetery is a beautiful cemetery/park in Cambridge near the Fresh Pond Reservoir. It's about a 25-minute walk from Harvard Square down Brattle Street, which is lined with beautiful old (and enormous!) colonial houses, including the house where poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived in the 19th century (#105 Brattle). Alternatively, you...

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  • Tufts University

    Another good university with a beautiful campus in the Boston area. It is actually located in Medford, very close to Cambridge. Can be reached by the Red subway line. Take the "T" to the "Davis" station. Then take the #94 or #96 bus. Get off at the Memorial Steps at Tufts University, just before the intersection of College and Boston Ave. Or you...

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Cambridge Sports & Outdoors

  • Go rowing on the Charles River

    Rowing is huge here. Several boat clubs offer lessons. Rowing the Charles gives you amazing views of Boston and Cambridge. Not into rowing? then just walk along the Charles and watch the rowers. It's a wonderful sight. There are several boat clubs in Cambridge and Boston where you can rent and take lessons. Most people I know go to the Cambridge...

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  • Head of the Charles!

    The Head of the Charles Regatta is the world's largest rowing event. Competitors, and fans, come from all over the world to compete in rowing. The regatta is held every October, and the shores of the Charles are packed with spectators the weekend of the competition.The photo shows folks rowing on the river, training for the competition later that...

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  • Head of the Charles Regatta

    The Head of the Charles Regatta, held every October, is the biggest rowing festival in the US, and marks the end of the rowing season for most people.It's an unusual event, since you can see everyone from club rowers to recent Olympians (including medal-winners) on the water. Sunday is the big day, with most of the championship races. Almost...

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Cambridge Favorites

  • Exploring Harvard Square on foot.

    I really loved exploring all the shops and restaurants along Harvard Square. Harvard Square consists of the few blocks across the street from Harvard campus. What's nice about it is that everything's accessible by walking, so you can just casually meander around without a real plan, for there will always be things to see.What I also really liked...

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  • Harvard Square buskers

    One of my favourite things in Cambridge was simply watching the buskers outside of the Out of Town News stand at Harvard Square. This little (err, big) news stand is a popular landmark right outside of the Harvard Square 'T' station in the heart of Cambridge. This is where you'll find your talented buskers singing their hearts out and selling...

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  • BOOKSTORES: THE GLOBE...

    BOOKSTORES: (Or perhaps, as I watch them vanish, I should say that they were my favorite thing about Cambridge. CURIOUS GEORGE GOES TO WORDSWORTH (Harvard Square) (1 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 Tel. 617-498- 0062) Extensive selection of children's books and toys. HARVARD BOOKSTORE (Harvard Square) (1256 Mass. Ave., Cambridge. Tel...

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