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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 #5 of 47 Attractions in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Kenilworth, England
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79 reviews 79 reviews
32 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

It's a nice walk between the old campus buildings, but I wouldn't go much out of my way to see it. The surrounding town has a good range of eateries, some at student prices.

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Los Angeles, California
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Harvard University and it's environs represents the pinnacle of meritocracy in education. It's unparalleled reputation and literal "Town & Gown" interaction creates an ethereal spiritualization of freedom of thought that both the ancient Greeks as well as our Founding Fathers imagined. As an alumnus, every time that I return to campus, I take away an endearing desire to utilize the... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We only visited Harvard Square but the ambience was wonderful. it was 'freshers' week and the buzz in the air was palpable. The buildings were lovely and it had a real 'Ox/Bridge feel!

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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229 reviews 229 reviews
98 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the stroll around Harvard Yard and seeing some of the classical architecture. Most of the buildings have signs that the general public are not allowed--not surprising. We had a beautiful day to walk the campus--very lively. The adjacent village is much more interesting.

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Harvard Yard has free wifi, and an app to download to take a self guided tour. We really enjoyed this, as our kids would not have put up with listening to a paid tour guide in a group. Tha app called "Harvard Tour" probably has most of the same info anyway.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The people are gracious, the location is filled with so much beauty and history, and the vibe is Harvard. I smile and I light up whenever I have the opportunity to speak about my time spent at Harvard.

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Phoenix
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We were fortunate to have good weather for a nice stroll around the campus. Well worth the visit if you know any Harvard history.

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Ballarat, Australia
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146 reviews 146 reviews
71 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Easily accessible by train, this part of Boston (Cambridge) is worth a visit. This is the US equivalent of Oxford or Cambridge - communities which have developed around a university. It is possible to just go for a wander, win the help of a map, or to join a tour guided by a Harvard student. These are promoted at the... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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63 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We took a student lead tour of this historic university, which was free. You can grab your free tickets (for a specific timed tour) from Harvard Information Centre across the gates into Harvard on Massachusetts Avenue. The girl we had, had just graduated from Harvard and this was her last tour. She did a great job of providing us with... More

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Ancaster, ON
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Drove up on the long weekend from our stay in Beacon hill just so we could say we did. You can feel the history as you walk around. Beautiful setting and buildings. Book store was a nice break with the kids. If you have an hour of so it is a neat thing to do.....surrounding neighborhood is amazing and I... More

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