8 Best Things to Do in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cambridge, Massachusetts is renowned for its academia. Throughout the city, you’ll find breathtaking art museums, historic repertory theaters, and some of the finest dining options in the region. To truly immerse yourself in a city steeped in culture at history, here are the 8 best things to do in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

Harvard Square

If shopping in fun boutiques and eating in quirky diners and restaurants strikes your fancy, you’ll love Harvard Square. Add to these options fun bars and trendy bookstores, and you can easily spend an entire day in Harvard Square.

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American Repertory Theater

Located in the Loeb Drama Center at Harvard University, American Repertory Theater known for its new American dramas, as well as for reviving plays from the past deemed neglected. Check the website for scheduling, but be sure to visit the theater for a tour even if there isn’t a play scheduled! 

Harvard Museum of Natural History

With 250,000 visitors every year, the Harvard Museum of Natural History is a great place for everyone. The expansive collection of works range from fossils to marine life to climate change. No matter what you’re interested in, you’ll learn something new and fascinating at this great museum.  

MIT Museum

Fascinating exhibits away visitors at MIT Museum. Perfect for adults and children ages 10 and up, you needn’t be a technical genius—as so many of MIT students are—in order to enjoy and appreciate what’s there. Collections include works on architecture and design, holography, and science and technology. 


Voted “The best ice cream in the world,” by the New York Times, you simply can’t visit Cambridge without at the very least having a scoop. Located in Central Square, it’s known for decadent flavors like B3—comprised of brown sugar, brown butter and brownies—and Bourbon Vienna Finger Cookie.

Charles Riverboat Company

Enjoy Cambridge from a whole new perspective—the water—at Charles Riverboat Tours. Navigate the waters of the Charles River while enjoying views of Harvard, MIT, and more from one of their boats.

Summer in the City

Each July and August, residents and visitors flock to local parks to enjoy Summer in the City. Run by the Cambridge Arts Council, performances include music, theater, magic and more—and best of all, it’s free. Check the website for the upcoming lineup! 

Fresh Pond Reservation

Enjoy some time outdoors at beautiful Fresh Pond Reservation. Cambridge residents and visitors spend countless hours hear from spring through winter’s first snowfall, walking the paths and marveling at nature at its finest. Fido is welcome to accompany you on your walk, but he must be on a leash. Bags are available in several spots along the way to carry out Fido’s deposits.

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