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Harvard: 70-Minute Harvard Tour

1. Harvard: 70-Minute Harvard Tour

What better way to see Harvard than through the eyes of a student! This tour is a 70-minute student-led walking tour of America's oldest university, designed to be a funny and educational journey through Harvard's campus. Beginning in the heart of Harvard Square, you'll be led into 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. 

Private 90-Minute Tour of Harvard

3. 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.

Cambridge: Harvard Campus Self-Guided Walking Tour

4. 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.

Harvard Yard: The Mysterious Porcelain Club Exploration Game

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

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What people are saying about Harvard Square

The tour was excellent. Our tour guide "Schmu" was great. He was very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor. We learned so much history on tour. I would recommend the tour to anyone visiting Boston. Again, our tour guide was the best!

Brandon had stories and they were funny. His knowledge of Harvard and its dirty little secrets kept us interested. Thanks for the great tour Brandon

Ça vaut vraiment la peine ce tour! Les étudiants partagent toute l'histoire sur Harvard. Andrew était vraiment gentil et cultivé.

Joseph, our guide, was great. He spoke loudly so I could clearly hear him. He was very interesting.

Excellent tour! Our tour guide Brandon was fantastic!