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You're Going to Love Somerville

Bursting with pride, Somerville attracts visitors for its historic past and vibrant present. Home to a thriving arts scene, the city hosts different cultural events and famous sites like the Somerville Museum.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Somerville

1. Friendly Locals

The city has warm and friendly locals who are welcoming and willing to show you around.

2. Fantastic Food

Somerville has many types of cuisines, swankiness, and price points. Notable places include Redbones BBQ and Rosebud American Kitchen and Bar for some late night breakfast food.

3. Incredible History

This bustling city has a rich history dating all the way back to 1774. Head to the Old Powder House right off the college and Broadway Avenue. With over 83 historical spots, you're guaranteed to have fun.

4. Buzzing Nightlife and Great Music

Somerville has a buzzing nightlife with notable places such as Joshua Tree Bar and Grill and Orleans, which offer a variety of martinis and sangrias. Enjoy the PorchFest music festival every year.

5. Plenty of Activities

Whether you want to shop, go out with friends, or catch a film, there are lots of activities going on in Somerville on any given day. Assembly Square and Somerville Theater are excellent places to visit.

What to do in Somerville

1. An American Revolution Landmark

Take a drive to Nathan Tufts Park where you can stroll over to the Old Powder House. The Old Powder House sits 30 feet tall and is close to Davis Square, Teele Square, and Ball Square. You'll be mesmerized by the 1703 archaic round stone tower made of two thick walls. Originally built for a mill, the house stored gunpowder, which is how it got its name. Today it's recognized as the oldest stone building in Massachusetts and said to be haunted. So if you are into paranormal activity, visit the Old Powder House and you may get a glimpse of the exploding blue flashing lights seen by others.

2. "Moba"

If you've ever wanted to criticize bad art, then MOBA is for you. Stroll over to the paintings and try to understand the artist's concept. Many embody the concept of 'so bad it's good'. Deciphering whether you are looking at a mountain or ice cream will be one of the many questions you might ask yourself as you tour the galleries. As you peruse a plethora of the weird, exotic and unexplained, you'll make your own assessment as to why the art is "too bad to be ignored".

3. "Temple Of Art"

Take a tour of the museum and become acquainted with the Modern Renaissance art of Nicholas Shaplyko and Ekaterina Sorokina. Marvel at their yoga healing art in the form of color on black canvas. Their portraits are painted with all seven aura colors. As you explore the rest of their work, you'll be mesmerized by their distinct tapestry or rug texture created by lines and thread colors. Both artists work together to create artwork spontaneously. On the way out, you may want to purchase one of their books explaining their artistic process.

4. The First Home Telephone

Head to Arlington Street and take a tour of the first house to have a telephone, installed in 1877. This Italianate home has gorgeous balconies that extend out from the first-floor window bays. Each side of the porch has a balcony enclosed by balustrades. As you stroll inside the house, you'll notice thick crown molding, the ceiling made of plaster medallions, wooden, parquet and inlay floors. The house was put up for sale in 2014 despite its addition to the Somerville Register of Historic Places.

5. Home To The World's Only Kronosaurus Skeleton

Take a stroll to the Cenozoic Era and be enthralled by the extensive collection of Cenozoic mammals. Wander into the Africa Gallery and examine the plethora of mounted African specimens brought from Madagascar. If you love butterflies or bugs, visit the Arthropods Gallery, where you'll have the opportunity to hold a butterfly and enjoy other hands-on experiences. The Orb-Weavers exhibit will teach you how arachnids capture their prey with orb webs.

1. An American Revolution Landmark

Take a drive to Nathan Tufts Park where you can stroll over to the Old Powder House. The Old Powder House sits 30 feet tall and is close to Davis Square, Teele Square, and Ball Square. You'll be mesmerized by the 1703 archaic round stone tower made of two thick walls. Originally built for a mill, the house stored gunpowder, which is how it got its name. Today it's recognized as the oldest stone building in Massachusetts and said to be haunted. So if you are into paranormal activity, visit the Old Powder House and you may get a glimpse of the exploding blue flashing lights seen by others.

2. "Moba"

If you've ever wanted to criticize bad art, then MOBA is for you. Stroll over to the paintings and try to understand the artist's concept. Many embody the concept of 'so bad it's good'. Deciphering whether you are looking at a mountain or ice cream will be one of the many questions you might ask yourself as you tour the galleries. As you peruse a plethora of the weird, exotic and unexplained, you'll make your own assessment as to why the art is "too bad to be ignored".

3. "Temple Of Art"

Take a tour of the museum and become acquainted with the Modern Renaissance art of Nicholas Shaplyko and Ekaterina Sorokina. Marvel at their yoga healing art in the form of color on black canvas. Their portraits are painted with all seven aura colors. As you explore the rest of their work, you'll be mesmerized by their distinct tapestry or rug texture created by lines and thread colors. Both artists work together to create artwork spontaneously. On the way out, you may want to purchase one of their books explaining their artistic process.

4. The First Home Telephone

Head to Arlington Street and take a tour of the first house to have a telephone, installed in 1877. This Italianate home has gorgeous balconies that extend out from the first-floor window bays. Each side of the porch has a balcony enclosed by balustrades. As you stroll inside the house, you'll notice thick crown molding, the ceiling made of plaster medallions, wooden, parquet and inlay floors. The house was put up for sale in 2014 despite its addition to the Somerville Register of Historic Places.

5. Home To The World's Only Kronosaurus Skeleton

Take a stroll to the Cenozoic Era and be enthralled by the extensive collection of Cenozoic mammals. Wander into the Africa Gallery and examine the plethora of mounted African specimens brought from Madagascar. If you love butterflies or bugs, visit the Arthropods Gallery, where you'll have the opportunity to hold a butterfly and enjoy other hands-on experiences. The Orb-Weavers exhibit will teach you how arachnids capture their prey with orb webs.

Where to Eat in Somerville

Somerville boasts a variety of cuisines from various parts of the world. Sample different veggie options supplied by local producers at Journeyman or enjoy some delicious homemade sausages at Bronwyn for $150. Relish in some tasty donuts at Union Square Donuts for $25.

When to visit Somerville

Somerville in September
Estimated hotel price
$78
1 night at 3-star hotel
Somerville in September
Estimated hotel price
$78
1 night at 3-star hotel

The best time to visit Somerville is from June to September. This period is not only sunny but also features a variety of festivals and activities to participate in such as the HONK! Festival, ArtBeat, and the Fluff Festival.

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How to Get to Somerville

Plane

All visitors getting to Somerville fly in through Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston. You can then take a cab from Logan to Somerville for $35.

Train

When coming from South Station in downtown Boston, get on the Harvard/Alewife-bound train. Alternatively, you can take the MBTA red line to either Porter or Davis square stations.

Car

Somerville is accessible in two ways, mainly route 3 and park at Alewife Station on the red line. You can choose to take the interstate 93 and get off at exits 29-31.

Bus

You can get to Somerville by bus from Lechmere Station near the Boston Museum of Science.

Airports near Somerville

Airlines serving Somerville

United Airlines
Good (2,853 reviews)
American Airlines
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Lufthansa
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KLM
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Air France
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Delta
Excellent (3,061 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
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British Airways
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SWISS
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Qatar Airways
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Emirates
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Iberia
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Air Canada
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Austrian Airlines
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Etihad Airways
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Singapore Airlines
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TAP AIR PORTUGAL
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Brussels Airlines
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Finnair
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Alaska Airlines
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Where to stay in Somerville

Ball Square - located on the Medford/Somerville line, Ball Square has numerous breakfast options such as Lyndell's Bakery, True Grounds Coffeehouse, and Ball Square Cafe.

Popular Neighborhoods in Somerville

Union Square - only 15 minutes away from Sullivan Square, Union Square features Sherman Market, which sells local produce.

Davis Square - Davis Square is home to the Somerville Theater, which acts as a music avenue and a movie house. Find renowned coffeehouses such as Diesel Cafe on Elm Street.

Where to stay in popular areas of Somerville

Most booked hotels in Somerville

The Godfrey Hotel Boston
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
$289+
Club Quarters Hotel Faneuil Hall, Boston
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$237+
Boston Omni Parker House Hotel
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$273+
Boston Park Plaza
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$267+
Hilton Boston Logan Airport
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
$261+
The Bostonian Boston
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
$258+

How to Get Around Somerville

Public Transportation

Somerville has mass bay transit bus lines and features two subway stations, mainly the Sullivan square orange line stop and the Davis square red line stop; tickets start at $2.00.

Taxi

Somerville has several cab stands in Davis Square. You can also book a city cab by phone; prices are around $3.20 per mile.

Car

All city squares have on-street metered parallel parking; find parking spots near Union and Davis Squares. Car rentals average $40 per day.

The Cost of Living in Somerville

Shopping Streets

You'll find shopping opportunities surrounding the busy Davis Square, including food vendors on Highland Avenue, second-hand clothing shops, and vintage-style dresses and accessories on Elm Street.

Groceries and Other

Head to the open-air market at Holland Street or shop for some locally grown produce at Sherman Market in Union Square. Shopping at Market Basket will cost you $180 for a week's supply.

Cheap meal
$18.18
A pair of jeans
$56.90
Single public transport ticket
$4.03
Cappuccino
$5.11
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