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Cambridge Common, Cambridge

(3.4/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
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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  • In addition to the hustle and bustle of Harvard Square you know not what you see: an old church with a cemetery dating back to the 18th century. Read some more about the American Revolution and the role of Cambridge, then your visit an experience extra.
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  • After endless construction, Cambridge Common has undergone a bit of a facelift. There's some history attached, but the highlight for me (and my granddaughter) is the wonderful playground.  more »
  • Kemp Playground on the edge of the common is the greatest playground I have ever seen. There is a giant sandpit, and a water pump. There are also buckets on pulleys, a conveyor belt, and other buildin...  more »
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  • Good service, truly lousy food even for a student-focused restaurant and bar. The turkey burger is grey and unappetizing. The veggie burger was actually cold (not even room temperature!) and seems held together with an odd cheese-based solution. To be clear, I am not comparing this restaurant against premier offerings and therefore giving it 2/5. I'm comparing it against other student-focused offerings. Do not order food here--and if you do, do not order the turkey or veggie burgers.
  • My husband and I went on our first date here 10 years ago to drink beer and eat deep fried pickles. 10 years, 5 states, and three children later, we are back drinking beer and eating deep fried pickles. Wishing you all great food and big love at this special place.
  • Huge selection of beers. We had fish and chips which were tasty and satisfying, and draft beers which were also good.
  • Our family has been coming here for many years and enjoy to come back once every couple months even though we've moved to another part of Cambridge.
  • Unassuming, with a great tap list. Nothing revolutionary but a good spot for sure