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Harvard Square, Cambridge

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Harvard Square is a central meeting and shopping district for Harvard students, and its accessible via the MBTA Red Line. Famous musicians, such as Tracy Chapman and Amanda Palmer, have played here. Many visitors come for the coffee shops and street performers. In fact, a bronze statue of a puppet by Igor Fokin pays tribute to the many street performers. Head to the tourist booth to get information and admire the free Lumen Eclipse exhibit, which showcases local, national, and international artists. Watch skateboarders show off their skills at the Pit. Arrange to visit Harvard Square and other attractions in Cambridge using our Cambridge trip itinerary builder website .
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  • October 2, 2017
    Place full of hot corners to be discovered, such as the crema café and ice cream shop jplicks, HS has great shopping options in addition, of course, the visit to the campus of the University.
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  • October 2, 2017
    I had the opportunity to go to the library (which is not public) and the best description I can give is the smell of wisdom and knowledge. The square is between gardens, students and visitors. Very friendly and bedrooms which Harry Potter.
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  • October 2, 2017
    Get away from the hustle and bustle of Cambridge fast here lots of entrances lots of places sit in and out-of the shade. Surrounded by so many historical buildings. Want to know about the buildings or...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    Always always love this place. Do not miss this place when you visit Boston. Lots and lots of food options. Cafes are real good and lively. Grab a coffee and sit at the park and enjoy live music by street musicians. Weekends are specially fun at this place. Try the gift shops too.
  • May 22, 2017
    Although more like an open mall than it used to be, Harvard Square still maintains some individual character. The book stores, cafes, the Brattle Theater and various mark it as college town, and on a summer night a few street performers still come out. The area is a mix of modern and historic architecture, small green oases where you can stop and people watch, the nearby Charles River with geese and boats. It's pretty charming. Oh, and, there's Harvard.
  • May 1, 2017
    A nice little square to hang out in if you've got some free time. There is a nice selection of restaurants and stores, but know that most things do close at around 9:00pm, so it's there's not much to do in Harvard night if you are underage. In the spring and summer, there is a cute little farmers market outside of the Charles River Hotel (on Thursdays), and an ice skating rink as with skate rentals in the winter.
  • June 7, 2017
    Harvard square is an interesting place. Has tons of restaurants and historic things to see. During the school year it's packed. Early in the mornings on a summer weekend it's really quiet.
  • July 6, 2017
    Lots of musicans. cool bars and delicious food. local shopping. buses and trains convenient

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As the home of two renowned universities, Cambridge caters mainly to the families of current or prospective students. You can stay near the university campuses by booking your room at a student-oriented bed and breakfast or guesthouse, which offer simple, comfortable lodging for a fraction of the price charged by the big chains. If you don't mind paying more and wish to stay near the city's major cultural attractions, consider a hotel just across the Charles River from downtown Boston.
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