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5 Things to Do in Harvard Square

January 31st, 2020
5 Things to Do in Harvard Square

The historic intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Brattle Street, and John F. Kennedy Street is the beating heart of Cambridge. Next time you’re in Studio Allston, cross the Charles River to explore this vibrant and eclectic neighborhood.

Stroll around Harvard University

First things first, you have to see Harvard University. This grand university has nurtured some of the best minds on earth. Pretend you’re a freshman walking along the university's lawn or snap photos of dorm buildings. 

Visit Harvard’s Museums

While you’re exploring the campus, why not stop by some of the best university museums in Boston? Harvard Art Museums are divided into Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum

If you want some history, nature, science, go to Harvard Museum of Natural History. Wander through the Mammal Hall, the famous Glass Flowers, Earth and Planetary Sciences and Sea Creatures. 

Nightlife around Harvard Square

Given its high student population, there’s always something to do in Harvard Square. Whether you want to stop by a 24-hour cafe or listen to some live music, this neighborhood has it all. Listen to live music at these iconic venues: The Sinclair, Club Passim, and Lizard Lounge and clink your glasses at one of these popular dive bars: Charlie’s Kitchen, Hong Kong, Grendel’s Den, Shays Pub & Wine Bar.  

Go Bargain Hunting

Students are notorious for being broke. This means that Harvard Square is within walking distance of great thrift and vintage stores. Some of our favorite thrift stores are in Allston! If you want to go beyond Cambridge and Allston, check out these vintage stores in Boston

Take a Walking Tour

Explore Harvard Square on two feet is the way to go. What’s even better is following a witty and knowledgeable guide. Whether you want to take a local food tour, a historic tour or the iconic Hahvahd Tour, these walking tours of Allston and Cambridge cover the best of the neighborhood. 

Get more Boston travel tips on the Studio Allston blog and #StayOutsideTheFrame

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