Harvard Square, Cambridge

Harvard Square, Cambridge: Our most recommended tours and activities

Boston: Harvard University Guided Walking Tour with Student

1. Boston: Harvard University Guided Walking Tour with Student

Join a student-led walking tour of America's oldest university, Harvard. See the historic campus through the eyes of a student and visit highlights, including the John Harvard Statue and Memorial Hall. Beginning in the heart of Harvard Square, you'll be led into the historic Harvard Yard by an enthusiastic Harvard student. Enjoy the sights while your guide entertains and inspires with tales of Harvard history and personal experience at the university they call home. You'll get an up-close look at major Harvard landmarks including Johnston Gate, the John Harvard Statue, Memorial Hall, and Widener Library. You'll even become privy to a few Harvard secrets along the way! Whether you're a student visiting colleges or a family on vacation, the Hahvahd Tour is undoubtedly the top way to see Harvard.

Cambridge: Harvard University and MIT Combo Walking Tour

2. Cambridge: Harvard University and MIT Combo Walking Tour

Get unique insights into life at Harvard and MIT on a student-led walking tour. Discover the secrets and traditions of each school from your guides, current students that were once visitors themselves, and understand what you want to see and learn.  Your tour begins with a visit to Harvard. Set out to explore the ivy league school, learning about its history, culture, and famous alumni. See sights like Harvard Square, Johnston Gate, Harvard Yard, the Science Center, Memorial Hall, the Harvard Lampoon, the John Harvard statue, and more.  Next, head to Kendall Square to begin your tour of MIT. Meet the students creating the science and technology of tomorrow and hear about the history of another of America's top institutions. Learn about MIT traditions and culture as well as famous inventions and the MIT alumni that came up with them. 

Cambridge: Harvard Campus Self-Guided Walking Tour

3. Cambridge: Harvard Campus Self-Guided Walking Tour

Explore your way on this self-guided walking tour of Harvard University’s campus in Cambridge. Visit the most iconic spots of the Ivy League campus with the help of an app that functions as your guide, narrator, and map. See animated videos that let you visualize parts of the tour. To start, simply set up the tour guide app on your phone and arrive at the starting point of the tour. Step into the life of a Harvard student and visit the heart of Harvard University's campus: Harvard Square. See and learn about the John Harvard Statue, Widener Library, former dorms of famous alumni like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Natalie Portman, and more.

Private 90-Minute Tour of Harvard

4. Private 90-Minute Tour of Harvard

Enjoy this 90-minute, private tour of Harvard University for you and your guests! The tour is completely customizable to fit your group’s needs. Throughout this tour, your informative guide – a current university student – will offer a unique perspective of college life at the famed institution, of which 44 current and former faculty members are Nobel laureates. Head to the 25-acre (10-hectare) Harvard Yard, the oldest section of the university, and view the brick facades of the dormitories, libraries and classrooms. Your guide will point out Old Yard, including Harvard’s oldest standing building – Massachusetts Hall, constructed in 1720 – as well as New Yard. See historical edifices like Memorial Hall, Sever Hall, the Widener Library and the Harvard Lampoon, as well as the statue of John Harvard – the university’s founder. As you tour the grounds, be entertained by your guide’s stories and Harvard lore – partly scripted and partly shared from personal experience. Learn about the most famous people that attended Harvard, hear historical anecdotes and get an insider’s view on current college life. After a stop at the Plaza, Winthrop Park and Mt Auburn Street in Harvard Square, complete your tour at the Harvard Cooperative Society (COOP), the University’s official bookstore.

Boston, Harvard & Cape Cod Self-Guided Audio/Driving Tour

5. Boston, Harvard & Cape Cod Self-Guided Audio/Driving Tour

Start in the city of Boston and walk in the footsteps of Revolutionary War heroes. Hear the story of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride and relive the fight for American Independence with a self-guided walking tour of Boston’s Freedom Trail. Immerse yourself in the stories of the American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party, and the Sons of Liberty as you stroll along Boston’s scenic Harborwalk. Uncover Boston's historic and storied past while enjoying its beautiful harbor views between South Station and Long Wharf. Then, travel to the city of Cambridge outside Boston and explore the heart of Harvard University's campus at Harvard Square. Use the app to take a self-guided walking tour that covers must-see campus sights like the John Harvard Statue, Widener Library, and former dorm rooms of famous alumni like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Natalie Portman, and more. Next, discover Cape Ann with a self-guided driving tour along the scenic waterfront. Enjoy the vistas, beaches, and natural beauty of the New England coastline at your own pace. Visit the famous Fisherman's Memorial, beautiful Beauport, all while diving into the stories of Massachusetts of days past. Continue to Cape Cod and see its quintessential lighthouses and sandy beaches. As you drive, learn more about the Cape’s seafaring traditions, Pilgrim history, and miles of beautiful beaches. From Barnstable to Provincetown, visit Nauset Lighthouse, First Encounter Beach, Marconi Station, and more.

Harvard Yard: The Mysterious Porcelain Club Exploration Game

6. Harvard Yard: The Mysterious Porcelain Club Exploration Game

Explore the Harvard Yard in a unique way with an exploration game downloaded on your smartphone. Discover mysterious clues, solve puzzles, and use logic to lead you to the next destination. See Boston's iconic locations, tease your brain, and have a little fun. Begin the game at Harvard Square by opening the application on your phone. The tour takes between 1.5 and 2 hours, but feel free to explore at your own pace. Pause the game and resume anytime from your last visited location. Solve challenges and allow the story to unfold in front of you. Follow the exact directions and get the next code to crack. Find yourself exploring the Widener Library, pondering the statue of John Harvard, and learning the truth of The Statue of Three Lies. Figure out who keeps stealing the chair of the president of The Harvard Crimson and finish the tour at Harvard Lampoon Building. Play on your own, in a small group, or divide all your friends into groups and compete against each other. Try something new and go on an adventure in Boston.

Massachusetts: Self-Guided Tour of the Best Attractions

7. Massachusetts: Self-Guided Tour of the Best Attractions

Get to know the most famous Massachusetts attractions using this self-guided tour, which comes with a guide, an audio tour, a map as well as animated videos at some of the stops. In your own time and at your own pace, visit attractions such as Harvard Square, Plymouth, Martha’s Vineyard, and more. Begin your action-packed day by downloading the self-guided tour, and familiarize yourself with your digital guide. Make your first stop Harvard’s storied campus. Hear how the school got its start and how it evolved from a tiny college into one of the most prestigious institutions in the world. Then, head to the Freedom Trail to walk in the shoes of the United States' Founding Fathers. Hear how the first sparks of revolution flew in Boston and how those sparks became an inferno. Feel the revolution come alive as you pass sights like the church where Paul Revere’s famous lanterns once hung. Next, immerse yourself in the ship-rigging, ale-drinking, shanty-singing days of Colonial Boston on Boston’s Harborwalk and revisit the fiery lead-up to the American Declaration of Independence. Admire harbor views and visit the site of the Boston Tea Party. Continue by following your app to the most haunted spots of the city and hear popular ghost stories. Walk through graveyards, execution sites, and more while hearing hair-raising tales of the unquiet dead. After, head to Salem, and learn the truth behind the infamous Witch Trials. Turn the clock back even further in Plymouth, the town founded by Pilgrims fresh off the Mayflower. See where they first landed, hear how they organized their system of government, and revisit the complicated dynamic between those newcomers and the Wampanoag tribe. Drive out to Cape Cod, where colonial history collides with the present. Cruise past historic villages and continue along the coastline to explore towns like Gloucester and trace their seafaring history. Ride along a rocky shore dotted by beaches, and catch some sun and surf. Head to Lexington and Concord and follow the route of a battle between an American militia and the British army. Find out how the Americans turned the tide, and what it meant in the fight for independence. Finally, retreat to Martha’s Vineyard. Visit cute towns and learn some surprising history.

Boston Citywalks: Private Personalized Walking Tour

8. Boston Citywalks: Private Personalized Walking Tour

Boston Citywalks will personalize a 2-hour tour of the city that offers you just the right mix of history, architecture and culture, bringing Boston alive and making you feel a part of the city. We’ll share our love for this special place with facts, stories and humor that reflect Boston’s quirky nature. Our customized walking tours are created in line with your interests, highlighting what you’d like to see. We’ll meet you at your hotel and take you on a unique excursion around Boston and show you what makes this city so special. We may visit Beacon Hill and Back Bay and walk along the Freedom Trail. We may choose to visit Chinatown and the North End – or head to the Waterfront and maybe Charlestown. If you prefer, we can even take an excursion to Cambridge and visit Harvard Square. Whatever you choose to see, our aim is for you to experience the warmth, timeless beauty and unique historic charm of Boston that will make this tour memorable. If you are not familiar with Boston or prefer to leave all that up to us, just let us know. We can give you a Boston Highlights Walking tour or design one just for you based on your focus. For example: history, architecture, culture, shopping - or a mix of all.

Boston: Harvard & Cambridge University Private Walking Tour

9. Boston: Harvard & Cambridge University Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a private walking tour of Harvard Harvard University & Cambridge designed to give you a taste of  Harvard life. See the campus, beautiful, gothic Memorial Hall, and charming Memorial Church. Admire the views of other campus buildings, Sever hall, or stroll across the Havahd Yahd. You may even have time to explore the lush Cambridge Common or Harvard Square, a favorite shopping and socializing spot for students. Choose a shorter duration to explore the campus and public buildings. Hear stories from the alumni or stop for lunch or a coffee in Harvard Square. Discover the picturesque town of Cambridge or sample a sweet treat created in this college town inside a big city. Pick a longer duration tour to explore more of Boston, with Harvard and Cambridge. Take part in a Crimson sporting event, venture to the hip Seaport District for Boston Harbor views, or soak in the early American history in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. You can also take some time to see other iconic spots around Boston or taste a lobster roll at the best place in town.

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What people are saying about Harvard Square, Cambridge

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,308 reviews

Isacc, our tour guide was awesome! He made our tour fun and interesting. He represents Harvard University in the most positive way. You are most fortunate to have Isacc on your team.

Even though it was raining our guide made the tour interesting. She know may interesting facts about the school, building, and the people who influenced Harvard.

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Beautiful campus and such deep history at Harvard. Highly recommend.

Mary was an excellent guide. She was knowledgable and engaging.

Paul is a great guide. Lot’s of history. Knows Boston.