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Cambridge tourism spots not M.I.T.- and Harvard-related

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It's prime tourism season in the Boston area, and two of the biggest tourist attractions in the region are surely two of its top universities: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard.

While there are plenty of sights to take in at and around those two schools, the surrounding City of Cambridge holds a fair amount of wonderment on its own.

Here to help your sight-seeing along is a map of eight spots worth seeking out that have absolutely nothing (or at least almost nothing) to do with M.I.T. or Harvard.

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1. Cambridge Common

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Garden St. and Mass. Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
The 16-acre park includes three cannon that Washington's troops seized after the British evacuated the Boston area in 1776. There are other Revolutionary-related markers in the Common as well, including the tree beneath which Washington supposedly took command of the Continental Army. This public park is not to be confused with the private watering hole nearby (though we highly recommend that, too).

2. Mount Auburn Cemetery

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580 Mount Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 607-1980
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This cemetery is considered the first planned rural cemetery in the United States. It includes among its honored more than 900 people who served during the Civil War. The big sphinx statue is, in fact, a memorial to those who died in the conflict.

3. Fort Washington Park

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Waverly Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
This park sports not only the oldest surviving fortification from the Revolutionary War, but five life-size, painted-steel silhouettes, four minutemen and a Victorian-era woman, to commemorate George Washington’s siege of Boston.

4. Julia Child Home and Other Landmarks

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103 Irving St
Cambridge, MA 02138
Julia Child lived for decades in the house at 103 Irving Street, just east of Harvard (it's a private home, still, so please don't ring the doorbell). She shopped for ingredients at Savenor's nearby at 92 Kirkland Street and received the Legion of Honor from the French government at the Meridien Hotel at 20 Sidney Street.

5. Minuteman Commuter Bikeway

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Minuteman Commuter Bikeway
Cambridge, MA 02140
With an entrance just to the west of the Alewife Red Line stop, this 11-mile bike and hike trail runs along where the earliest fighting of the American Revolution took place. There are stops for souvenirs and food.

6. Old Burying Ground

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The first grave here dates from 1653. Because it was the only burying ground in Cambridge for about 200 years, it contains more than 1,200 resting places. It's sometimes called the Old Burial Ground, too.

7. Cambridge Public Library Main Branch

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449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 349-4040
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The original Romanesque building dates from the late 1880s, and a massive, Modernist expansion opened adjacent to it in 2009. That addition was one of the first U.S. buildings to incorporate double-skin curtain walls. Old meets new, and just down the street from Harvard's main campus, full itself of notable buildings.

8. Longfellow National Historic Site

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105 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-4491
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The house served as headquarters for George Washington during the Siege of Boston from July 1775 to April 1776. It was later the home of poetry giant Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It is open during the summer for regular tours.

1. Cambridge Common

Garden St. and Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
The 16-acre park includes three cannon that Washington's troops seized after the British evacuated the Boston area in 1776. There are other Revolutionary-related markers in the Common as well, including the tree beneath which Washington supposedly took command of the Continental Army. This public park is not to be confused with the private watering hole nearby (though we highly recommend that, too).
Garden St. and Mass. Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. Mount Auburn Cemetery

580 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138
This cemetery is considered the first planned rural cemetery in the United States. It includes among its honored more than 900 people who served during the Civil War. The big sphinx statue is, in fact, a memorial to those who died in the conflict.
580 Mount Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. Fort Washington Park

Waverly Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
This park sports not only the oldest surviving fortification from the Revolutionary War, but five life-size, painted-steel silhouettes, four minutemen and a Victorian-era woman, to commemorate George Washington’s siege of Boston.
Waverly Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

4. Julia Child Home and Other Landmarks

103 Irving St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Julia Child lived for decades in the house at 103 Irving Street, just east of Harvard (it's a private home, still, so please don't ring the doorbell). She shopped for ingredients at Savenor's nearby at 92 Kirkland Street and received the Legion of Honor from the French government at the Meridien Hotel at 20 Sidney Street.
103 Irving St
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. Minuteman Commuter Bikeway

Minuteman Commuter Bikeway, Cambridge, MA 02140
With an entrance just to the west of the Alewife Red Line stop, this 11-mile bike and hike trail runs along where the earliest fighting of the American Revolution took place. There are stops for souvenirs and food.
Minuteman Commuter Bikeway
Cambridge, MA 02140

6. Old Burying Ground

Cambridge, MA 02138
The first grave here dates from 1653. Because it was the only burying ground in Cambridge for about 200 years, it contains more than 1,200 resting places. It's sometimes called the Old Burial Ground, too.

7. Cambridge Public Library Main Branch

449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138
The original Romanesque building dates from the late 1880s, and a massive, Modernist expansion opened adjacent to it in 2009. That addition was one of the first U.S. buildings to incorporate double-skin curtain walls. Old meets new, and just down the street from Harvard's main campus, full itself of notable buildings.
449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138

8. Longfellow National Historic Site

105 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
The house served as headquarters for George Washington during the Siege of Boston from July 1775 to April 1776. It was later the home of poetry giant Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It is open during the summer for regular tours.
105 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138