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Area Overview

You never forget your first time.....visiting Cambridge, of course! It's no wonder that Cambridge is so often referred to as "Boston's Left Bank". This is a place where no one blinks if you're having the time of your life while changing the world. It's a city where Old World meets New Age in a mesmerizing blend of history and technology.

No matter which neighborhood you find yourself in, Cambridge's scene teems with eclectic energy. When you have nearly four centuries' worth of compounded history and the gorgeous Charles River to wake up to, everyday, each moment in the city is worthy of joy—curious, infectious, slightly mischievous joy.

We're just around the bend from Boston, in close walking or subway-ing distance. Cambridge is a place where all are welcome to pledge geekdom to anything (and everything). Bauhaus architecture, antique bikes, craft cocktails, sriracha pickles, glass-blowing, international law, post-rock cover bands—knock yourself out, whatever it is.

Packed with international flair and a youthful vitality. Cambridge is also the birthplace of higher education in America. Harvard College was founded in 1636. And across town 360 years later, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is renowned as the epicenter of the emerging cyberculture.

A global village filled with more than 28,000 students from over 100 countries, it would be easy to characterize Cambridge as just another college town -- but it is far more than that.

Cambridge is a city where counter-culture still lives, classic culture thrives, and multicultural is a way of life.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

Whether your visit revolves around the rich history of the city, the world-renowned universities (Harvard and MIT) or the cutting-edge technology that is constantly changing the world, Cambridge is the place to lose yourself. If your preference is fine dining, you’re in luck! This is the land of cult-worthy restaurants. Eclectic shopping? Got it! Theater, museums and art galleries? Check! Street performers, fairs and festivals keep the energy level high. Cruise down the Charles River in a beautiful riverboat with a narrated tour of the banks or rent your own kayak and do your own thing. In fact, there’s so much to do that you’ll have to settle in to one of our cozy hotels to catch your breath before jumping back in for another day. And it’s all just a short walk or subway ride away from Boston. So what does your Cambridge look like? Picture it, live it, share it!
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Cultural Activities

See above.

Harvard Art Museum; MIT Museum; Longfellow House/George Washington National Historic Site; Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre; American Repertory Theatre (Oberon & Loews); Multicultural Arts Center; Dance Complex; Central Square Theater; Central Square Cultural District; Ryles Jazz Club; Regattabar (Jazz)


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Antique stores; Charles Riverboat Tours; Harvard University; MIT; Lesley University; Numerous memorials, statues and historical markers; Tory Row; Longfellow House/George Washington National Historic Site; Harvard Square; Central Square; Mount Auburn Cemetery; Cambridge Common (park); Head of the Charles Regatta; Oktoberfest; Mayfair; Riverfest; Taste of Cambridge


See above.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  22.1  29.3  36.5  3.9 "
 February  24.2  31.4  38.7  3.3 "
 March  31.5  38.9  46.3  3.9 "
 April  40.5  48.3  56.1  3.6 "
 May  50.2  58.5  66.7  3.2 "
 June  59.4  68.0  76.6  3.2 "
 July  65.5  73.8  82.2  3.1 "
 August  64.5  72.3  80.1  3.4 "
 September  56.8  64.7  72.5  3.5 "
 October  46.4  54.1  61.8  3.8 "
 November  37.9  44.9  51.8  4.0 "
 December  27.8  34.8  41.7  3.7 "

Best Time To Go:

Fall and summer.

Spring=lovely, but can be wet and unpredictable temps
Summers=warm & sunny. Not too hot.
Fall=beautiful colors, cool mild temps, many fairs & festivals
Winter= mixed bag, but many outdoor activities (ice skating, etc)


Subway & bus service from Cambridge to Boston (15 mins)
Commuter rail service from Porter Square connects to points North.
20 min cab ride to Logan Airport from East Cambridge; 30 from Harvard Square.
Major hotels of all types and price ranges.
B&Bs, AirBnBs, vacation rentals....very walkable to all squares (Harvard, Central, Porter, Inman, and Kendall) Hubway bike rentals, Zipcar and all major rental car services


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