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Cambridge Common

Garden Street & Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
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Ranked #21 of 47 Attractions in Cambridge
Type: Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: Whether you want to relax, people-watch or learn about Boston's rich heritage, visit this central meeting ground in the heart of historic Cambridge.
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Boston, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Pretty land and location, but what to do varies depending upon the season and if anything is scheduled to occur on the day that you are there. Mostly it is a pretty area to walk in with a very nice playground at one end.

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Canton, Michigan
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60 reviews 60 reviews
48 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Granted it is not as spectacular as Boston Common but it does have a quaint feel to it and if you are there in the Fall with change of color on the leaves of the trees or when it's summer with the greenery, it's pleasant. There is playground equipment for children and benches for people to sit an relax you... More

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Boston Common is more famous, but the history at Cambridge Common is more concentrated, more accessible, more understandable. It’s a great place to take children from late elementary school and up. The place is a survey crash course in U.S. history. Start with the trees that overlooked General George Washington mustering the Revolutionary Army in the aftermath of Lexington &... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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87 reviews 87 reviews
47 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Actually, it's a very small area but it's charming. Get a sandwich at "Bon Pain" or "Otto's Pizza" right next door at Harvard Square, and come sit at one of the granite benches, across from Harvard Yard and the Harvard Law School. It's an unassuming park, once hosting Cambridge citizens' cows, (!) now planted at the center of town. Once... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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90 reviews 90 reviews
48 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Now an ok, small park between major thoroughfares in the middle of the square. Sometimes pleasant. SOmetimes a mecca for weirdos, throw-backs to the '60's or homeless thoughstill feels and is safe.Nice enclosed playground at one end. If you need a place for a quiet picnic, go tp the Charles riverbamk instead

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Winter Springs, Florida
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96 reviews 96 reviews
54 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Cambridge is charming and historic. Nice shops, vintage architecture and some good restaurants. Nice stop on the way to Harvard.

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Columbus, OH
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153 reviews 153 reviews
25 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Not much to say about it since it's part of the Harvard decor. Just walk around, take pictures and enjoy the scenary.

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Branford, Connecticut
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54 reviews 54 reviews
5 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

Clean, convenient to a show at the Lizard Lounge, not expensive. Meatloaf sandwich was great, as were the tater tots, chicken fingers were a bit dry and chewy, but edible. Overwhelming assortment of beers (that's good!), and great service. Overall a great choice for a light meal in Cambridge.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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104 reviews 104 reviews
41 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

We go here to drink beer ( they have greater selection of fresh brew and bottled) watch sports on the TV and enjoy the black bean burgers-- the best I've ever had.

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San Francisco, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Not worth going out of your way for this park, but worth a gander if you're in the neighborhood. Good playground equipment for kids.

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