Innovations in Kendall Square

Proof that history is not just for the past! From anti-aging technology to gene-editing, the newest discoveries coming out of Cambridge are building on the historical inventions of things as diverse as woven fire hoses and the microwave oven. Guides from TripAdvisor's #1 attraction in Cambridge will do their best to blow your mind as we invite you to explore the history-makers working in Kendall Square right now. See which of today's cutting-edge discoveries will be in the history books of the future.

Walk past The Broad Institute, Google, Microsoft, Novartis, Akamai, and a myriad of other Info- and BioTech giants. Discover the bridge builders that shaped East Cambridge and watch inquiring minds at work unzipping the secrets of our genes, our brains, and occasionally terrifying leaps in the world of AI. Walk in the shadow of the confectioners who invented Junior Mints and the Fig Newton, and see where MIT students have played gigantic games of Tetris, parked emergency vehicles at incredible heights, and still found time to invent both Guitar Hero and a biomechatronic foot. Plug yourself into the history being made every day on our Innovations Tour of Kendall Square.


  • Cambridge Sites Only, Including:
  • CIC (Cambridge Tech Hub)
  • Sloan School of Managment
  • Entrepreneur's Walk of Fame
  • Google Building
  • Kendall Firehouse
  • Broad Institute and Discovery Center
  • Akamai (Inventor of streaming video)
  • Technology Square (Draper Labs, Moderna)
  • McGovern Institute for Brain Research
  • Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research
  • MIT Campus (Rad Lab, Media Lab, CSAIL)
Book Now


  • Private tours begin at $300, which covers up to 10 guests for up to two hours.
  • For tours longer than two hours, groups under 10 guests are $150 per hour per guide.
  • For customized tours in groups larger than 10, please contact us for pricing.


  • This tour is designed to either blend seamlessly with our Tour of MIT, or to be done back to back!​
  • Tours of the CIC can be arranged for smaller groups, pending availability from the CIC. We recommend you contact them directly, but we are happy to reach out ourselves if you prefer.

We Can't...

  • Unfortunately, we cannot include any “insider” tours of the tech and biotech companies in Kendall Square. The companies and laboratories in Kendall Square are active, working, and often sanitized laboratories which would have difficulty functioning if they allowed tour companies inside. If you care to arrange something directly through the companies, we would be delighted to accompany you to and from the location within the timeframe of the tour, or as needed.​
  • This tour is a walking tour, and not recommended as a path for a Step-On Tour.