Where should we park the car for the Hahvahd tour? Is there someplace nearby?
There is the Charles Hotel parking garage, there is a parking lot on Church Street which is just off Harvard Sq., and there is a garage on the corner of Eliot St and JFK St. Metered parking in the square is hard to come by, especially with many spaces taken up by construction right now, and limited to 2 hours (they ticket you after that). They are all relatively expensive but that's Cambridge. If you are staying in a hotel somewhere, consider taking a cab to the Admissions Office.
Parking will cost you $30-40.
Parking in Harvard Square....lol! Finding an on-street spot is like hitting the lottery. Be prepared to pay. If you can take the T, do so.
In addition to parking issues mentioned also factor in that traffic/congestion and confusing small sometimes one way streets* can add to the fun of driving into Harvard Sq.
*Getting into the Sq. is fairly simple from most directions but driving around looking for a specific address in or close to the sq can be confusing and frustrating.
So yes, definitely consider the Red Line. That will be really easy if you're staying in Boston. If you want to say where you'd be starting from I'm sure someone can off specifics.
If I'm guessing correctly, you will be coming up from Cape Cod for the day. If so, I would suggest parking at the Quincy Adams "T" station and taking the Red Line straight into Harvard Square. Oh, and pretty much everyone pronounces both "r"s in Harvard. I recommend against attempting to sound like Cubby Herlihy during your visit.
LMM- unfortunately, that is what the tour is named and how they spell it. It's a tour conducted by students, not an official Harvard University campus tour. At least that's what I think the OP is referencing.
LMM at Harvard you may or may not find the Southie/Dot "Hahvid" pronunciation but you could possibly find the Brahmin Haaaahvad pronunciation... You'll hear "Harrrrrvarrrd" among students and wannabes from other parts of the US , plus lots of other versions reflective of all the various home countries of international students and faculty from other places.
However you pronounce it, it is a nightmare to drive in Harvard Square.
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Well, at least a Brazilian got my reference. ;)