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Cambridge Common, Cambridge

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Cambridge Common is a public park in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. It is located near Harvard Square and borders on several parts of Harvard University. This park is a popular place to play kickball, softball, soccer, and frisbee. The north end of the park has a large playground. The park is maintained by the Cambridge Department of Public Works.HistoryGeneral George Washington gathered troops on Cambridge Common during the American Revolutionary War. A commemorative plaque marks the location of the Washington Elm, a tree under which legend claims Washington stood as he first assumed command of the Continental Army. Nearby is a trio of bronze cannons, a plaque for Henry Knox, and another for Tadeusz Kościuszko.Slightly southeast of the center of the Common is a memorial to the American Civil War with a statue of Abraham Lincoln in a covered area near the base of the memorial. On top of the memorial is a statue of a soldier.Cambridge Common is also the site of an Irish Famine Memorial, dedicated on July 23, 1997 by then President of Ireland, Mary Robinson, and unveiled to an audience of 3,000 people. The Memorial sculpture was created by Maurice Harron, a sculptor from Derry, Northern Ireland. There is a similar memorial in downtown Boston.
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  • I highly recommend going to Cambridge Common with young kids. The play ground is very well maintained. There is a great water play, sand box, water fountain, slides, and swings. Also, public bathrooms...  more »
  • We recently set out on a Saturday to visit Cambridge Common and the Kemp playground. We live just south of Boston and wanted to take the kids somewhere new to enjoy a 60 degree weather spring day. Our...  more »
  • Busy area, traffic wise. Lots of green space the continues in to the campus. Right along Mass. Ave with lots of options for shopping, dining or drinking... coffee. Historic markers plenty and playgrou...  more »
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  • Beer: 5/5. Large, diverse selection of good beers that changes often. Good place to discover new favorites. Food: 4/5. Not remarkable, but still pretty yummy and better than standard bar food. Atmosphere: 3/5. Cozy. Usually crowded, 20+ minute wait for a table. Crowd is not obnoxious. Service is fine. Location: 4/5. 10 minute walk from Harvard Square. Price: 4/5. Expect light meal, 2 beers, and tip to be $30-40 per person.
  • Good comfort food. Interesting menu. Nice atmosphere. Ordered burger medium. It came medium well but was still good. Onion rings tower is more breading than onion. Salad was very good. Pricing is fair.
  • Lovely place with great food, staff, and usually really interesting art on the wall. It gets loud sometimes, but that's my only complaint.
  • Cambridge Common is surprising: a successful restaurant and bar, in a nice part of Cambridge, with good food and awesome, ever-changing drinks, that isn't expensive. The staff are always nice, and when it's nice outside, they have patio seating along Mass Ave. Definitely a go-to place, for me.
  • Good beer selection, good typical American bar food. Host & waitress were all very friendly, helpful, and quick for a party of a dozen people.