I’m a Boston girl. Always have been and always will be. It’s no secret that I love living here and whenever I meet someone who is not from around here, as soon as they find out where I’m from I inevitably get asked the same question: “Can you say park the car in the Harvard yard”? Seriously – it happens every single time. It fun to play along, though, because we know how cool our accent is around here and we love to bust out the Boston whenever we can!
For the record, there are no “R’s in that statement whatsoever. It’s paaaahk thuh caaaaaah in the Haaaahvid yaaaaad.
Even though there are no R’s to be found, there is tons of IQ at Harvard and my husband Chris and I learned all about it when we took the Hahvahd Tour last weekend.
The award-winning tours of America’s most prestigious University are led by current Harvard students. Harvard student guides greet you right in Harvard Square. which is where the tour leaves from. The tour is scripted to be an entertaining, theatrical experience – you’ll have fun learning about Harvard!
Throughout the walking tour, the guides will tell you stories about famous alumni, Harvard traditions, and tell you about what it’s like to live and study at Harvard (because the guides are students, too, remember?). You’ll also hear a little about some of the lesser-known Harvard folklore like legendary pranks and school secrets (like when students go running naked through the Harvard Yard).
After we left Harvard Square, we passed through the Johnston Gate, which is the entryway to the famed Harvard Yard.
Harvard Main Tour Stops Include:
Harvard Yard – including Old Yard and New Yard.
Historic Buildings – Memorial Hall, Sever Hall, The Widener Library and the Harvard Lampoon.
The famous John Harvard Statue.
Surrounding Neighborhood of Harvard Square – including the Plaza, Winthrop Park and Mt. Auburn Street.
Tour Themes Include:
Harvard History – including the untold stories and lore of Harvard University
Harvard Culture – stories and tips from current students about what it’s like to live and study at Harvard
Famous Harvardians – learn about the most famous people to attend Harvard (JFK, FDR, Bill Gates, Matt Damon and Mark Zuckerberg)
One of the things I found to be most interesting on the tour was finding out that the John Harvard statue is basically all wrong. First of all, it says John Harvard was the founder of Harvard even though he wasn’t. It has the wrong date that Harvard was founded on the statue and guess what, there is a very high probability that it isn’t even John Harvard since no one actually knew what he looked like when the statue was made.
The tour starts at 1376 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA (outside the Main Harvard Red Line Subway Station at the Cambridge Information Booth) and the tour ends at 57 JFK Street, Cambridge MA (The Harvard Shop). The tour runs 7 days a week from 10 am – 4 pm, March-November and the walking distance of the 70 minute tour is less than one mile.
The Hahvahd Tour costs $9.95 per adult when you book online. Seniors and students are $8.50 per person when booking online and children are $7.00 per person when booking online.
If you are from the area, you already know this, but if you’re not from around here – parking is tough in Cambridge. I would highly recommend taking the T (subway) to the Harvard Square stop on the red line or Ubering. Seriously, save yourself a headache and don’t drive there.
Oh, and you probably noticed that we were holding umbrellas in the photo above. It was raining cats and dogs the day we went on the tour, so if you haven’t figured it out yet – they run the tour rain or shine. If there is a major storm they will cancel, so if that’s the case be sure to call ahead or check the website.