Cambridge, MA is home to more than 105,000 people and two of the most prominent universities in the world: Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge is the fifth biggest city in the state. Cambridge might be close to Boston, but it gives visitors an altogether different experience. So get on a bus rental in Cambridge, Massachusetts today.
Some of the brightest men and women come to Cambridge because of Radcliffe, Harvard, MIT, and a bevy of new technology institutions. But the city also has some great attractions you should not miss. So why not tour Cantabrigia on a bus rental in Cambridge?
Art museums and galleries. Perhaps the most notable art museum in the city is the Harvard Art Museum (Cambridge, MA 02138), which is composed of three distinct museums: the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum and the Fogg Museum. It also has four centers for research: the Harvard Art Museums Archives, the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, and the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art. All in all, the Harvard Art Museum has more than 250,000 pieces coming from all around the world, using every kind of media, and ranging from antiquity to the modern day.
MIT also has its own art gallery – the List Visual Arts Center – with more than 3,000 prints, paintings, photographs, sculptures, collages and other types of contemporary art.
Of course, you should not miss the Cambridge Arts Council gallery.
Architecture. Modern and innovative is how people would describe architecture in Cambridge. But there are also historic buildings here that have survived the onslaught of modernization such as:
Places of worship
On the Harvard campus
For prime examples of modern architecture, check out the following sites:
On the MIT campus
On the Harvard Campus
Public art. The city has a great collection of public art that visitors could enjoy. Check out the campuses of MIT and Harvard, as well as city spaces to see some great examples of public art in the city. You could also check out the Cambridge River Festival to see temporary artworks that are displayed during the duration of the event. Other festivals where you could see temporary public art include the Honk! Festival, and Central Square World's Fair.
Music. Because of the high student population, Cambridge has a very active music scene. You can catch the most popular bands performing at the universities or you could just check out the great venues in the city: Nameless Coffeehouse, The Middle East, Lily Pad, The Plough and Stars, Lizard Lounge, and Club Passim.
You could also watch the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra.
Others. Do check out the MIT Museum, where you could see art works that are more focused on technology, along with holography exhibits, robotics and artificial intelligence among others. You can also explore Jewish history and culture at the Semitic Museum.
Harvest is a well-known al fresco restaurant where you could eat and relax while enjoying the shade of linden trees and people watch.
The new Puritan & Company serves New England food with a twist. You should try their potted foie gras. Another recently opened winner, West Bridge combines relaxing decor with great French food. Meanwhile Oleana serves great food that has a Mediterranean influence, and Rendezvous not only uses local ingredients and serves organic food, but it also has wines that are friendly to your budget.
Looking for a romantic time? T. W. Food will surely win your hearts as well as Bondir and Hungry Mother. On the other hand, East by Northeast has the best prix fixe menu, while Summer Shack is the best place to bring your kids to.
Other restaurants you definitely should try:
Booksellers might be having a hard time because of Amazon and other online sellers, but The Coop is holding up pretty well. Here, you could find literary classics, bestsellers, and other hard to find titles on science, music, history and philosophy. Plus, Poor Little Rich Girl is where you could get great clothes from just about any era.
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Those who are interested in African-American history, then you would be delighted to go on the African American Heritage Trail. The trail takes you all across the city where there are twenty plaques that honor African-American educators, politicians, abolitionists and authors during the 100 years starting 1840.
There is also the Washington Elm, underneath which George Washington took command of the Continental Army. Or you can go to the Longfellow National Historic Site where Washington was headquartered. This is also the home of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow during the years that he taught at Harvard.
Other landmarks you should see:
Cambridge has very little space left for parks and greens, where most of the available space is used for residential purposes. But this lack of green space is not that felt here because of the sprawling campuses of the city's many universities. Just take a look at the Harvard Yard, the Great Lawn at MIT and Radcliffe Yard. There are also the wide spaces of Mount Auburn Cemetery.
You should also check out the Harvard Museum of Natural History and Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
Then there is the Cambridge Common, Charles River Reservation and Danehy Park.
Moreover, cycling and walking are very popular in Cambridge. There are a lot of bike paths in the city, while more and more Cantabrigians are walking to work. In fact, the city's traffic systems are more geared towards pedestrians rather than motorists.
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