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Harvard Yard

Cambridge, MA
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Ranked #8 of 47 attractions in Cambridge
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Never understood why this is a major tourist attraction. It's nice and all, but you can walk around it in just a few minutes and it's really not that exciting. Scenic, yes. But not much to see and also often crowded.

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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The entire place is worth the visit. Tradition, history, atmosphere. Take a slow walk, download the apps, hear all about the yard. Its easy to get to if you are taking the train from Boston

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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I feel so at home when I'm in the Harvard Yard (quad) they've got bright colored chairs to lounge in.

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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

To finally stand in the yard and take in the atmosphere was awesome. We followed the Tripadvisor walking tour and had a lovely overview. Highly recommeded.

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singaporesabrina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

(5) ... because this statue is frequently peed upon for good luck. It is also not John Harvard - no one knows how he looked. (4) do take a photo at the steps of the Widener Library. It is a memorial to Harry Widener, who perished with the Titanic in 1912. Harry has a study room inside, and a desk... More

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Brasilia, Brazil
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108 reviews 108 reviews
53 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Really it is a nice place, I have been there in the summer and it was really pleasant, there were a lot of students in the yard, the day was really enjoyable.

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Calgary
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Interesting experience to see what all the hype is about. Go touch the foot of the John Harvard statue for good luck. Breathe in all of the history. People watch and think to yourself are they really that much smarter than you are?

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Manchester, NH
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We had dinner reservations in the area but arrived early so we walked around Harvard Yard which was in preparation for their graduation. Lovely green space, lots of places to walk, sculptures to see, benches to relax on. We even saw a wild bunny!!

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Ogden, Utah
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170 reviews 170 reviews
58 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I'm not sure what I expected, but what we found on a Sunday afternoon was a cool place with laid back people content to do their own thing. From competitive chess matches you are welcome to watch to semi-homeless musicians and mac writing professor types, this is the kind of place you can wear a fedora or put flowers in... More

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London, United Kingdom
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85 reviews 85 reviews
33 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014 via mobile

Clearly modelled on Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the UK, with their Quads and Courts, Harvard Yard exudes pre-eminence - which Harvard has in abundance. There are walking tours, but it is good enough just to wander around at a leisurely pace and soak it in.

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