Sightseeing: Harvard University is America's oldest University, Founded in 1636 it was named for its first patron, Reverend John Harvard. Enjoy a stroll around the grounds on take the free, guided historical tour of the campus and its most famous landmarks. This student led tour offers an overview of the history of the university while stopping at sites like the Widener Library, Memorial Church, University Hall, Fogg Museum and the John Harvard Statue. With a location like Harvard, visitors can easily enjoy all Harvard Square has to offer when done touring the University grounds. Here you'll find an eclectic mix of those who call Cambridge home roaming the streets including talented street performers, and students enjoying area restaurants, bars, music venues and stores.
Historic Sites: Founded in 1636 and named for its first patron, Reverend John Harvard, Harvard University is the nation's oldest institution for higher learning. Visitors can take a free, guided historical tour of the campus and its most famous landmarks. Departing from the Holyoke Center Arcade, the enlightening student-led tour provides a synopsis of the university's history and stops at sites like the Widener Library, Memorial Church, University Hall, Fogg Museum and the John Harvard Statue.
Local Expert Jessica Polizzotti Says:
Sightseeing: "Harvard Square is built around the university. Be sure to explore the Square and enjoy food, drinks and entertainment at local hot spots."
Historic Sites: "Rumor has it Harvard came about so that graduate's of the Country's oldest public high school (Boston Latin School) would have a place to matriculate."
Best for Sightseeing Because: Harvard University is America's oldest, and with its bustling Harvard Square location allows for a full day/night of exploration.