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Address: Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone Number: 617 491 3434
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Activities: People-watching, City walk sightseeing, Shopping, Dining
Description: One need only ascend from the T station to realize this is the center of...
One need only ascend from the T station to realize this is the center of action in Cambridge. Founded in 1630 as a colonial village, this eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, bookstores, gathering places and old landmarks reflects the area's historic and academic flavor.
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Busy area

The newsstand in center of square is interesting there are tables outdoors that you can sit at and watch world go by

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Springville, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This is a hoppin' place to be - lots to see, do and experience all within walking distance! Looking forward to coming to Harvard Square again to continue the exploration!

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Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This is such a nice friendly and interesting place to visit and especially as the University is right at the square. Neat little shops and lots of nice cafes and restaurants. The Boston/Cambridge hop on hop off bus takes you right to the square as well as all the other interesting Boston and Cambridge stops.

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Orlando, Florida
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202 reviews 202 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

You'll just end up walking through it. There is usually something going on, worth a picture or two and then you move on.

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Rhode Island
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146 reviews 146 reviews
56 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The newsstand in center of square is interesting there are tables outdoors that you can sit at and watch world go by

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Marlboro, New Jersey
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166 reviews 166 reviews
10 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The whole Harvard area is a terrific place to wander around. The university is, of course, iconic, with the main gate, and the life size chess set and a science museum. The shops around the square offer everything from the usual to the very trendy....clothes, food, books, etc. It's a very nice 1/2 day visit.

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Winter Haven, Florida
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152 reviews 152 reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

When you are headed to Harvard University, you won't miss this. There are newspaper stand by the subway, restaurant, coffee shop and souvenirs.

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oxford
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118 reviews 118 reviews
20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This is convenient square, with the T nearby. There are some good restaurants and scattered shops. There are a few good hotels with access to everything. At night the walking atmosphere is interesting and seems safe overall but sometimes sketchy and that may make walking alone late a bit less comfortable.

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Great Neck, New York
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119 reviews 119 reviews
31 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Harvard square is a bustling area full of interesting stores and lots of young people. There are also lots of fairs given there which are fun to see,

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Dothan, Alabama, USA
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91 reviews 91 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Nice to place to visit. We walked around and took some pictures. Not many locations to take pictures. We were advised to take tour hop-on buses but not able to do because of time constraints.

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New Delhi, India
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I had to check out early of the Hotel - took a cab drive to Harward square and decided to walk around. Many restaurants - but for someone who is widely travelled Looks like an average place. A great musician entertaining Kid was impressive - and I walked around all place, just busy and on going like any place. I... More 

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