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Harvard University

1350 Massachusetts ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
617-495-9400
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As featured in 3 days in Boston
Ranked #7 of 47 attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Educational Sites, Historic Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Founded in 1636, Harvard is America's oldest institute of higher learning and one of the country's most prestigious universities. Among the... more » Owner description: Founded in 1636, Harvard is America's oldest institute of higher learning and one of the country's most prestigious universities. Among the illustrious alumni are civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois, philosopher Henry David Thoreau, writer Gertrude Stein, composer Leonard Bernstein, cellist Yo Yo Ma and seven U.S. presidents. « less
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Houston, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

What else do we need to say about this place it is the BEST and most phenomenal institution of higher learning in the United States and probably the world!! Beautiful gardens and walk spaces. I spent a week learning from the best in my field.

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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

We stepped out of the subway and were then in the University grounds. Lots of red brick, lots of large buildings, a dramatic library and lots of student-y atmosphere. We didn't feel the need to do a tour, we saw enough just walking around, and got a good sense of things. There is money here. It's not possible to do... More

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Montreal, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

Amazing walk through time. Very old well maintained buildings. Nice to see that old institutions are still in for the younger generation.

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Harvard University is located in the Cambridge area of Boston and is very easily accessible with the underground. We spend there a little more than a half day and it definately worthed it. The campus is green and well maintained and there's always people walking around. There are several historical buildings that you can visit and also a handful of... More

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372 reviews 372 reviews
149 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The architecture itself was amazing ... the ambiance and weather permitted us to take a very nice stroll ... I heard the Natural History Museum is nice but could not go on this trip. Worth it just because you get to see this legendary landmark in world education!

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New York
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124 reviews 124 reviews
38 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I loved the illustrations and displays of the edible flora from cocoa beans to vanilla trees along with mollusks and other marine delicacies. Also loved the glass flowers!

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Cottered
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

With a daughter who is interested in studying in USA we decided to have a quick visit while in Boston. Grand style but so open - lots of people just wandering around - chairs every where. Still quiet and serene.

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Victoria, Canada
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76 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

To be fair, when we decided to go to Harvard, we didn't allow ourselves enough time to get out of the car and walk the grounds properly, not did we do a proper tour, so that is definitely skewing my review. We decided to drive around the grounds to see the buildings and try and get a feel for the... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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27 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

We decided to take our pre-teens to see Harvard. It definitely did not disappoint! It's a beautiful campus with landscaping and historic brick buildings. There is also a great campus store for apparel and some shops. Just really a great area.

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Blue Bell, PA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Harvard's campus is a great place to walk around. A lot of history here. Plenty of trees and shade to walk around in and enjoy the grounds. Shops and restaurants of Harvard Square are right outside the gate. Staff is very friendly. Met a very friendly security guard originally from Pakistan (sorry, don't remember his name), who was very helpful... More

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