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Harvard Square

Cambridge, MA 02138
617 491 3434
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Ranked #14 of 47 Attractions in Cambridge
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping, People-watching
Traveler Description: Some facts about Harvard Square:  - Home to Harvard University, renowned academic institution with a massive endowment, arguably the hardest college... more »
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

I have visited Cambridge a few times, this is the forth, and I always get the same impression when going through Harvard square. It is the epicenter of Cambridge. You see students, teachers, parents visiting their children studying in the area, homeless people, tourists, mere Cambridge dwellers. It has a very hectic character. Lots of restaurants, coffee shops, Harvard paraphernalia,... More

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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Unless you want to go museuming in Harvard, don't waste your time in Cambridge. I found it very unimpressive, uninspired and definitely not arty, funky, pretty or any of the other things people said in positive reviews. Harvard square is just a train station with some homeless people in it, some of which have clever signs. I saw no street... More

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Grafton, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I usually visit Harvard Square a few times a year. There are a lot of funky restaurants and quirky shops in a small area. Not only that, but the people watching is superb, from college kids to hipsters to street musicians and tourists and everything in between. The neighborhood is alive with humanity, most of whom having a good time.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

There is a lot of bustling activity. Many street musicians, many tourists. A lot of sketchy people hang out right near the entrance to the T, and many more homeless people are on the streets. Dirty and loud. Not sure why this is a major attraction.

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Campinas, SP
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Very nice place, with newsagents, bakery, cafe, restaurants. You can train different languages ​​with people who are there to visit or study at Harvard University, or simply to pass the time.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

A lovely college-town feel, pleasant shops and cafes, with healthy young people biking and jogging everywhere.

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Los Angeles, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The world, it's people and every cause or grievance is truly represented in this very public space. Freedom of speech is taken very seriously here!

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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114 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This feels like small-town America. Places to sit on the street, watching the people. When you get off the Red Line, look for the Harvard students' tour sign (by the Out of Town News). They have free maps of the area, whether or not you take the tour with them. The Coop Bookstore is interesting and there are many shops... More

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Danville, California, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Lots of shops, restaurants and obviously university buildings. There were lots of people visiting the square. April in Boston was somewhat hot and humid.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I've lived in the Boston metro area for over 25 years-Medford, Somerville, Cambridge and Watertown. There are great places to visit in all of them but the center I always come back to is Harvard Square. It has changed tremendously over the years but it's still exciting and interesting-street acts, fun stores and more coffee shops than you could want.... More

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