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Big on Culture and Just Plain Fun in Your Harvard Square Hotel Rental Car

A long-established hotbed of learning and culture, Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a city to explore. You can learn about American history, see one of the country’s most prestigious universities and experience exotic cuisine and shopping. The city also offers an exciting nightlife with jazz and dancing. Explore where to go below. Then when you arrive, you will be set once you pick up your Harvard Square Hotel rental car.

Harvard University

No trip to the area would be complete without a visit here, which is just a short drive from Harvard Square Hotel. Park your Thrifty rental car and stroll through the campus that was once home to U.S. presidents, business leaders and Nobel Prize winners. There is plenty to see, but top destinations include the picturesque Weeks Footbridge, the Harvard University Herbaria and the Museum of Comparative Zoology.

Sofra Bakery and Café

When it’s time eat, head to 1 Belmont St., Cambridge, in your Thrifty rental car for a visit to Sofra Bakery and Café. This unique spot serves a variety of Turkish, Lebanese and Greek food in a casual and welcoming atmosphere. Try a shawarma featuring flavorful grilled meat served in sandwiches, wraps or alone. Then top off your meal by visiting the extensive bakery section. While you’re there, you can also take a cooking class or shop the grocery area for preserves, oil, vinegar, spices, tea and more. Sofra Bakery and Café invites exploration no matter when you visit.

Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters

One destination allows you to walk in the footsteps of two American legends. The destination is the beautiful mansion at 105 Brattle St. Built in 1759, this unique address served as the headquarters of George Washington from 1775–1776 where he used the home during the Siege of Boston. Plus, from 1837–1882, the mansion was home to poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who penned many of his well-known works while living there.

Charles Riverboat Company

Once you get back on the road, prepare to go for a journey on the water. Take your Harvard Square Hotel rental car to 100 Cambridge Side Place, Suite 320, and go for a tour with the Charles Riverboat Company. You can enjoy tours focusing on sightseeing around Cambridge and Boston, or go for a tour of architectural landmarks, such as Marriott’s Custom House, the Handcock Building, the Prudential Building and many others. You can also unwind from a day of exploring with a tour of Boston Harbor at sunset, complete with a full-service bar.

Ryles Jazz Club

Enjoy jazz, food and a relaxing atmosphere day and night at 212 Hampshire St. On Sunday afternoons, Ryles Jazz Club offers brunch and live music. And, in the evenings, you can enjoy a variety of bands, performing covers and original tunes, while dining from a full menu. There are also salsa-dancing nights. You can take a salsa dance class early in the evening and spend the rest of the night perfecting what you learned while enjoying live music.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

In just minutes, go from picking up your Harvard Square Hotel rental car to feeling like you’ve taken a trip around the world. Simply head to the Harvard Museum of Natural History on 26 Oxford St. Their collection includes an exhibit on Africa featuring mounted lions, hyenas, gorillas and more. You can also explore galleries on wildlife from Central and South America as well as Asia.