Scout Picks: Summer fun in Cambridge

159082226When the Thought Catalog posted its guide, “How To Have A Great Boston Summer,” last week, it only dabbled once into Cambridge. The city has a lot more to offer than Charlie’s Beer Garden – although we aren’t opposed to a burger and a beer at its year-round outdoor venue. Here’s our guide to having a great Cambridge summer:

Harvard Yard, 2 Kirkland St.
Harvard University is known for many things, from its reputation as one of the nation’s top schools to the invention of Facebook. A walk through Harvard Yard will give you a closer look at the school’s beautiful campus. Between its brick buildings and iconic John Harvard statue, Harvard Yard will give you enough perfect shots to flood your friend’s Instagram feeds.

Garment District, 200 Broadway
The Garment District calls itself an “alternative department store,” but we don’t think that gives the store enough credit. The shop sells both new and lightly worn clothing, with a selection that is both affordable and constantly changing. In addition, it specializes in new styles, vintage wares, and even has a costume section and a huge selection of accessories. This is a shopping spree that won’t break the bank.

Lechmere Canal Park
The park along the Lechmere Canal is a great place to go for a walk, whether it be by yourself, with your dog, a friend, or a love interest. If you get too hot, you can find shade under a tree or in the pavilion along the water. Spend a little extra time in the pavilion to learn about the canal’s history, etched into plexiglass panels within the structure, or continue your walk onto the adjacent Charles River walkway.

Repertory Series, Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St.
Now through July 10, check out the Brattle Theatre’s Repertory Series featuring films you won’t see in theatres anywhere else. Films include Steven Spielberg’s summer thriller “Jaws” on July 3 – 4 and a monster marathon featuring “Godzilla” and “Mothra” on July 6. Classic films are fun in your living room, but it’s not everyday you get to see these flicks on the big screen.

Concert Series @ Kendall Square, 300 Athenaeum Street
Can you hear the music in the air? Every Thursday, free music comes to Kendall Square from noon to 1:30 p.m. and special evening shows will take place from 4:30 – 6 p.m. on July 16 and August 6 and 27. Artists include the Dwells (July 18), Mark Zaleski Band (August 20) and Air Traffic Controller (August 27).

Memorial Drive, Stretch between Western Ave and Mount Auburn St.
Each Sunday until November 10, Memorial Drive is closed from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Grab your skateboard and head on over to show off your tricks or learn some new ones. Whether you’re a master of the newly popular longboard, or still love your old fashioned roller skates, this is the best place to show off how you roll without rolling into somebody.

Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn St.
Hanging out in a cemetery? Sounds like something out of a horror movie … or just something you generally don’t want to be doing. The Mount Auburn Cemetery is a beautiful piece of history – in fact, it was named a National Historic Landmark in 2003. The Cemetery hosts lots of events, from tours to explore historical gravesites or the park’s blooming shrubbery and trees, to our favorite – a wine tasting at Washington Tower on August 15. For just $12, try a bevy of wines from Watertown’s Magnolia Wine Company. –Jake Reed

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