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Harvard Square

Cambridge, MA 02138
617 491 3434
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Ranked #16 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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Overland Park, Kansas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The area is a fun very hip scene. There are tons of shops, bookstores, deli's and colleges. You will see street performers, college students selling tours of Harvard and homeless people begging. It is a very liberal area.

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Piscataway, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Liked all the shops, easy access to the trains, beautiful/safe place to walk through. You get a little taste of Harvard as well.

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Kittery, Maine
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I've noticed the mixed reviews here, it seems that the people who aren't from New England are not getting what they are expecting. It's a real gem to a younger crowd, I'm not a huge shopper but when I'm in Boston it's where I go to shop. The places that have appeal to me though may come off as seedy... More

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Camarillo, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Harvard was on my list....however, it was very dirty, graffiti in some areas. The buildings are old & historic. Stadium was kinda cool, all cement seating, not a bad seat, watched a lacrosse game.

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Syosset, NY
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121 reviews 121 reviews
28 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

In the past there were places to eat and drink of coarse, but never had much value, felt very touristy. This is still moderately true but this time we actually found a few places to eat and drink that had unique and fresh menus and friendly staffs. The cemetery by the churches should not be missed.

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Montreal
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

and tacky. it has lots of stuff and riff raf and food, its not the best, but we bumped into a real band one night and that was nice

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Bengaluru
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393 reviews 393 reviews
250 attraction reviews
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My niece and husband took us to Harvard among other things when we visited them in May. We had the opportunity of enjoying the may fair. We had lot of fun walking on the streets There was music, dance,food arts and crafts on the streets. There was a huge stage in the middle of the square and many activities like... More

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Brasilia, Brazil
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53 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

It is like a dream to visit the famous Harvard University, i really appreciated the visit, i have made the tour guided by student of the Harvard University, and it was really good. The tour costs 10 dollars and it starts in the exit of the subway (Harvard Square - red line). The guide was really funny and he knew... More

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Portland, Maine
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If you like large crowds in a confined space, Harvard Square is for you. It most definitely was not an enjoyable time on a warm Saturday in June. I should think that I might have a different opinion visiting Harvard Square on a cold Saturday in winter or early spring.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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128 reviews 128 reviews
43 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

When in Cambridge and scouting for things to do, this is the place to start. There are places to eat, browse and check out books all over this area; and it is bustling ALL the time. I was in town for a Harvard Graduation, so this was a convenient walk from the hotel for me. It really captures the spirit... More

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