Cambridge, MA Things to Do

By Kelsey Robertson on August 20, 2012 at 8:18 pm EST
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Cambridge, Massachusetts is somewhat synonymous with its big-name universities: Harvard and MIT, and their historic sites like MIT’s Stata Center or Harvard’s Library. Yet, Cambridge makes a name for itself and goes above and beyond an average college town.

Museums and History

Cambridge plays host to a long list of museums. Harvard Arts Museum is a popular venue for people in the Boston area to experience art exhibits from all over the world. Also at Harvard, take the kids and get a hands-on science experience at the Museum of Natural History. Other art galleries and science museums are scattered throughout Cambridge and neighboring Boston.

Among the first cities established in the United States, Cambridge’s historical sites are still preserved in the city. The Hooper-Lee-Nichols House is the oldest house in Cambridge, and one of the oldest in New England, its foundation dating back to the Revolution. Also relive the Revolution through poet Longfellow’s eyes at his historic preservation, the Longfellow House.

To get Cambridge's full story, lace up your walking shoes for the Boston Walking Trail as it makes its way through Cambridge, or join the Cambridge Historical Society.

Arts & Entertainment

Named for a Top 10 Best Music Scene Outside of Nashville, NYC and LA on Livability, the music scene in Cambridge doesn’t miss a beat. Because many influential musicians got their start in Cambridge, there are plenty of reputable venues where you can get into the groove. Most notable are T.T. the Bear's Place, The Middle East and Club Passism, but there a plenty more underground music venues in the area.

For a classical concert, historic Sanders Theater on Harvard’s campus presents orchestras and symphonies from around the world.

Drama comes alive at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge with prominent productions of past and present. The A.R.T. is just one of the places you can see a play. Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theater group in the nation, and other stages throughout Cambridge and Boston are perfect for a night out.

You can also trade narratives for choreography and see a dance production at the Dance Company. Workshops are also available.

Festivals and Events

Cambridge hosts an array of festivals and events each season. One of the biggest events is the Head of the Charles Regatta, which is the world’s largest two-day rowing event, bringing in competitors and spectators from all over the world.

Other festivals and events include legendary Oktoberfest; the Cambridge Science Festival, where you can find the latest science technology; the Cambridge Carnival International; and May’s Go Green Month.

Discover Cambridge's don't-miss attraction.

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