Trip Planner:   USA  /  Massachusetts  /  Cambridge  /  Sightseeing  /  Harvard Square

Harvard Square, Cambridge

4.2
#3 of 13 in Sightseeing in Cambridge
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.
Create an itinerary including Harvard Square
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
1,053 reviews
Google
4.4
TripAdvisor
  • Harvard square is a little picturesque square, full of live. Place where one just wants to be. I felt there happy.  more »
  • It is a lively square where you will find to book tours, Office of information, the metro station and many shops and cafes
    View original
  • A very busy place with many people walking through or looking for food and Harvard merchandise. I few places to park cars, but I preferred to stick to walking around the area.  more »
Google
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lots of musicans. cool bars and delicious food. local shopping. buses and trains convenient

Plan your trip to Cambridge

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Cambridge

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.
CHECK IN - CHECK OUT
TripAdvisor
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Plans in Cambridge by other users

5 days in New England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in New England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in New England BY A USER FROM BRAZIL September, culture, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in New England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Cambridge BY A USER FROM CYPRUS September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Cambridge SEE PLAN October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in New England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in New England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in New England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, teens, popular PREFERENCES: October, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in New England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in New England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans