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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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  • Nothing to get excited about. Nothing worth making a special effort to see. Just the normal restaurants, fast food joints & generally over prices clothing shops. Got a semi interesting hardware store ...  more »
  • It’s a much larger area than a “square” would make you think. Multiple blocks of shops, restaurants and outdoor spaces. It was brutally cold during our visit so the street performers were smartly away...  more »
  • If you want to see Harvard and its campus corner , this is the place . Harvard campus is ordinary, with some quaint buildings and gardens . The campus corner has shops and cafes. A bit underwhelming .  more »
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  • So many shops just jam packed with nifty stuff! Million Year Picnic if you like comics, Black Ink for cool little tourist gifts and practical small housewares, the Harvard Bookstore which is just massive. Not to mention the dining. I probably passed 40 restaurants just meandering about the area. I could have easily made it a two day trip just to wander around the square.
  • Even for those not for fortunate enough to go to Harvard for school, visiting the campus is still an awesome experience. A historic icon of American education, Harvard University boasts a beautiful walk-friendly campus both in Cambridge and along the water. Nearby are also a plethora of stores and restaurants catering to students in terms of wallet size and ambiance, a boon if that is what you are looking for.
  • Not sure what I missed. Perhaps if you go when the school is open this place has more energy and makes for good people watching. I didn't find it special or particularly unique.
  • No better place for local food and shopping in Cambridge. Has a European feel to it, more so than other locations in Boston. Love Harvard yard and Cambridge commons; also love the flower pots and lamps.
  • This is such a special place. Make sure you walk around the Harvard Yard, Science Center and Langdell Library whenever you are here. Please, be respectful and cautious when taking pictures once you are inside Harvard campus you are interacting with the intimacy of students here. This is where they live, go out, and work — so don’t take awkward pictures.

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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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