The Ultimate Cambridge Parking Guide

Last Updated: March 29, 2016

cambridge parkingThis college town boasts two of the world’s most prominent universities, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Not just for students, Cambridge offers an abundance of culture, history, shopping, and activities.

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Top Cambridge Attractions

Fogg Art Museum

Easily the finest university art museum in the US, Fogg Art Museum dates back to 1895.  With an impressive collection of extraordinary artists, such as John Singleton Copley, Stuart Gilbert, Winslow Homer and Whistler, Fogg Art Museum is well worth the small $9 admission.

Longfellow House

For a short period, Longfellow House was home and headquarters to George Washington.  Named for the famous poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who began residence there as a border, while he taught at Harvard.  Eventually, his father-in-law purchased the home, where he and his wife, Frances Appleton, lived out the remainder of their lives.   This is the perfect site to explore art and literature of the 19th century.

 Sanders Theatre

Famous for its elaborate design and outstanding acoustics, Sanders Theatre presents numerous musical ensembles, including several undergraduate choir and orchestral groups, as wells as professional groups like the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and Boston Chamber Music Society.  If you love classical and orchestra, this is an experience you don’t want to miss!

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Peabody Museum

As one of the oldest museums with a focus on anthropology, the Peabody Museum is heavily concentrated in New World ethnography and archaeology. Located on the Harvard University campus, one can find an expansive collection of artifacts from all over the globe over a span of millions of years.   Great for those with interest in human culture, as well as social and biological history. 

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Minuteman Bikeway

A bicyclist’s dream, this 10 mile trail begins in Cambridge, flows into Arlington and Lexington, and ends in Bedford.   Surrounded by beautiful trees, ponds, and wildlife, the Minuteman Trail is a perfect place of respite for the city worn traveler.


Cambridge Hotel Parking

So, you got smart and decided to take a trip to Cambridge. Congratulations! You will love all that Cambridge has to offer, including some lavish lodging options.  Following are a list of highly recommended hotels in Cambridge.

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Parking in Cambridge

Cambridge Street Parking

Rates:  $1 per hour for up to 2 hours and 25₵ for 15 minutes.  Some meters have a time limit of 1 ½ hours, as well, the days and hours that meters are not operational vary, so it is very important to pay attention to the posted time limit.  There may be times where parking is not allowed at meters for special events or circumstances, be sure to look out for signage indicating such.

Cambridge Residential Parking

A Resident Parking Permit is required on most residential streets Monday through Saturday.  If you are visiting a resident, they can allow you to use their Visitor Parking Permit during your stay, otherwise, you better park in a paid garage or lot to avoid a ticket.

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