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Harvard Square, Cambridge

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Landmark Tourist Spot
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. A visit to Harvard Square represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Cambridge itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • If you are going to Cambridge you need to set aside time to roam around and enjoy the quintessential college town experience. There are so many great stores - dont forget to visit the Harvard COOP whi...  more »
  • we vist for the good food selections and all the sights to see. easy access from any part of the city  more »
  • Walked her from central Boston ( it was a great walk) and well - everyone who is everyone was there. It is a great spot in Boston to do "Boston". Relaxed with great restaurants and history. Moaned all...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Everything is pretty expensive and there are a lot of homeless people. There are decent street performers and all the shops are very interesting. Good food everywhere, but nothing cheap. Parking is just about impossible and the garages are more expensive than an expired meter, so don't bother with garages.
  • Lots of events and things going on in this area. Many great restaurants and cafes surround it. But unfortunately in addition to all this there are many bums hanging around near the main T entrance.