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Harvard Square

Cambridge, MA 02138
617 491 3434
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Ranked #14 of 47 Attractions in Cambridge
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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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Durham, North Carolina
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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Harvard Square is where you need to take the time to look around you, read plaques, take in the ambiance and remember the history of the university. Fascinating!

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New Jersey
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68 reviews 68 reviews
43 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

In the middle of Harvard University, Harvard Square is always bustling with activity. Harvard Square has it's unique aura...need to feel it. Very nice for shopping, casual dining , street art, street performances/ theaters, entertainment and people watching!! If you are in Boston, I would recommend you to take this short drive (or use the Boston Subway's Red Line) to... More

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Dayton, Ohio
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed strolling along the square and watching the artisans make and sell their wares. Street musicians are plentiful and enjoyed their music.

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73 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW

We just took the Metro (Red Line) out to Cambridge ~ the stairs come up in the Square. We enjoyed the ambiance of the area. However be aware that there are many of homeless folks who have gravitated to Cambridge as they have been discouraged from being in Boston ~ we were advised. They did not detract from our experience... More

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93 reviews 93 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We had a wonderful time on a perfect fall day enjoying the ambience of Harvard Square. We spent lots of time at the Coop and at the Harvard Bookstore, but also just loved sitting, watching and listening to people at Harvard Square.

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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I recently visited and stayed at Harvard Square. It is nice to stay if you don't mind being out of the city and The Charles Hotel is a great hotel. I loved visiting Harvard Square and the tour given by the students was great. However I found the homelessness in the area quite confronting. There was also the experience of... More

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Natick, Massachusetts
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67 reviews 67 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Harvard Square has changed significantly since I first saw it in 1957. It has become more gentrified and yuppified. It used to have a plethora of used book stores but these can't exist as property values and rents rise. The funky little restaurants have been replaced by upscale and chain restaurants. The restaurants are good but many are no longer... More

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Gulf Coast Florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
26 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Harvard Square is a must see urban experience while in Cambridge. This is a great place for people watching. Beware of the crazy traffic as it zooms by. Abide by the crossing signals! An interesting place within the context of one of America's great universities.

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64 reviews 64 reviews
27 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

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
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

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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