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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 really liked this park. It is quite small, but big enough to separate you from the busy roads around. It is very well maintained, clean and wonderfully green. You can find there several monuments as...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Had excellent blackened fish tacos here - great balance of flavour, perfectly cooked. Enjoyed the lemonade. On my previous visit I shared great buffalo wings but I have had better sliders elsewhere. Recommend a visit for sure. Ugh when I am hungry I eat. And forget to photograph.
  • I go here often with a group of friends. We call ahead as a large group. Service is always friendly. Food is good quality. Portions a little on the larger size, though not too much for most to be able to finish. Normal American bar food with a selection of changing specials.
  • 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.
  • We stopped here on a whim. Immediate first impression - it was excessively noisy which was further compounded by the fact that they seated us directly under a speaker which was playing music at an obnoxious volume. While we entertained the thought of going elsewhere - we decided to give the place a chance. My companion had a bowl of chowder and the salmon special which he raved about. I had the buffalo cauliflower appetizer and the crispy cobb salad, which didn't require dressing because it was so tasty. While we might have preferred the music not to be blaring in our ears the whole meal - the food was so good that this place earned my five star rating.
  • Amazing bugers and Friday staff... Nice artsy comfy place... I tried their special chicken buger it tasted amazing dancer with a twist of berries... Should try place...

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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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