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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  • Nice casual eatery with a wide selection os American and European beers. The menu was very diverse and the service was super attentive without being overbearing. I would make every effort . to return ...  more »
  • At the intersection of Harvard and less difference between the little people Street, was calm. It was frequented by tourists than the students feel.
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  • This free space is just off to the side of Harvard University. It is well maintained by the city and is not crowded like the campus is. It seems to be a popular escape by some students as it is quiet.  more »
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  • Excellent neighborhood pub. Great tap list, really good food, affordable prices, and the friendliest bar staff. They have a projector screen for sporting events but also another area with no TVs in case sports aren't your thing. Generally good music. Nice outdoor seating for the six weeks per year when it's nice enough to be outside in Boston. Nothing about it is truly spectacular but they do every single thing very very well.
  • This place is pretty affordable for Cambridge, with a decent beer selection food pretty close to what you'd consider "diner food." The service isn't the fastest, but when I'm here I usually want to linger over a few beers or cups of coffee without spending too much. Wish there were more places like these in the area.
  • This is easily my go to bar for being outside of Boston. The perfect place for meeting with friends for grabbing dinner and drinks and getting away for just a little while. I'd totally recommend the breakfast all day burger. Also not a bad beer selection either.
  • A local favorite, good for groups large and small. Always have an enormous beer selection, and daily food specials. They have 7+ different types of burgers, all customizable with 1/4 or 1/3 lb patties. Their buffalo wings are also really excellent.
  • Food is great, but don't go here if you are on a tight schedule. Service can be spotty - not in terms of accuracy or caring, but once a server goes off to other tasks you may not see them for a good while. This has happened to me many times, at several times of day.

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As the home of two renowned universities, Cambridge caters mainly to the families of current or prospective students. You can stay near the university campuses by booking your room at a student-oriented bed and breakfast or guesthouse, which offer simple, comfortable lodging for a fraction of the price charged by the big chains. If you don't mind paying more and wish to stay near the city's major cultural attractions, consider a hotel just across the Charles River from downtown Boston.
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