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Harvard Yard

Address: Cambridge, MA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Harvard Yard is the old center of activity. The paths were determined by where people walked, a brilliant method called "Lines of Desire" — now accepted by landscape designers the world over. Two of the big brick dorms house POWs — redcoats captured further north in the first winter of the war of independence. Many stories. Try to guess which... More 

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mumbai india
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

the harvard yard is a green leafy courtyard which transforms you to another world, serene and away from the hustle bustle just a few steps away... must see for the natural beauty of a college campus. Don't forget to rub John Harvard's shoes for luck (and possible help with the admissions process! )

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

wonderful place for a stroll. Peaceful, the greenery contrasting so nice with the red bricks of the buildings. The architecture is beautiful. one of the great universities=stunning experience

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

It is a great experience to walk though and soak the history, architecture and academic culture of the place. I spent the afternoon and evening just walking around, enjoying the sights and watching the people go by.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

This is an American institution and it's definitely worth a walk through the Yard. Few of the educational buildings are open to the general public, but it's nice to see the architecture and soak up some history (or relive some of your favorites moments from books, memoirs, and movies). With Harvard Square nearby full of shopping and restaurants, this is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We took the Red Line transit from Boston to Harvard - less than 20 minutes from central Boston. Harvard Yard is very close to the transit station and was the highlight of my visit to Harvard/Cambridge. Some lovely large old buildings and coloured chairs on the lawns. If you are there in the Fall/Autumn the trees are changing colour and... More 

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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

We came to the Harvard-Yale football game and made a point to walk Harvard Yard during pre-game festivities. I knew Harvard was older (1633) than our country, but we're never told about John Harvard. Fortunately his statue draws a crowd in the Yard and we came across it. Glad to know more about the founding father of this fine academic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Even if you’re not a student here, the Yard speaks its history to you as you walk around. Take a tour, or not, it doesn’t matter. Sit on one of the terrific, colorful metal chairs everywhere and drink in the uninterrupted centuries passed under these same trees by young people going back so far that George Washington kicked out a... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

There were students, tourist and lots to see. Our tour group was small and the guide was had lived in the area all her life. She had many stories about former Presidents and important people who attended Harvard. Admission was free. If you don't factor in the price of the cruise. Boston is a must see, we'll be going back.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The yard is alive with activities, tourists and nature during all seasons. In the summer and fall lots of people and activities for family fun and nice for romantic walks; in the winter and spring you get great pictures of nature. And if you are from Boston you can get excited about being inside Harvard yard with its rich history... More 

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