Apr 112016

Taking the Hahvahd Tour

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.

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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!

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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).

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After we left Harvard Square, we passed through the Johnston Gate, which is the entryway to the famed Harvard Yard.

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Harvard Main Tour Stops Include:
Harvard Yard – including Old Yard and New Yard.

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Historic Buildings – Memorial Hall, Sever Hall, The Widener Library and the Harvard Lampoon.

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The famous John Harvard Statue.

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Surrounding Neighborhood of Harvard Square – including the Plaza, Winthrop Park and Mt. Auburn Street.

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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)

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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.

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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.

  115 Responses to “Taking the Hahvahd Tour”

  1. Wow, that sounds like a really fun and interesting tour!! 😉

  2. Looks like a great tour! We will be doing this soon with our daughter. gasp! 🙂

  3. Now this looks like an interesting walking tour. I wonder if our university here does something similar? I know they do something similar during the first week of school during orientation but I am not sure if it’s available to the general public.

  4. Their campus looks so pretty! I bet the stories were super interesting.

  5. That tour sure looks like it was a lot of fun. 🙂

  6. This does sound like a a lot of fun. Definitely better than a normal tour of a campus! 🙂

  7. This sounds like such a unique trip! I love Boston (and the native accent too). Being from Maine, we drop all “r’s” from the English language and replace them with an “h” too. lol

  8. I had no idea that you could do that! I would love to do that some day.

  9. I would totally love this tour! I have never been to Boston but could see myself doing this and really enjoying all the history here.

  10. Wow that tour must of been awseome. I felt like I was on the tour with you. Nice job! I’d love to paaaahk thuh caaaaaah in the Haaaahvid yaaaaad. Hehe. I love the Boston accent. I

  11. How cool was this. I do enjoy a good tour especially if it includes history.

  12. This had me ROFL! I was just telling my BIL about the Boston accent. He is from South Africa and thought it was awesome! He went around San Fransisco when he visited there and used the Boston accent!

  13. What an amazing tour to take! I love learning about the history of places, love the name of the tour as well!

  14. My family lives in Connecticut and I visit often. This would be a fun outing for us. Some of my nieces and nephews are doing the college tour thing and this one sounds like fun!

  15. Now I want to hear you say that! Make a video! My husband took the Harvard tour too and brought me a sweatshirt and sometimes on college day at work I wear it and make the kids think that is where I went to school at.

  16. This seems like it is a really great tour….

  17. I’d love to tour Harvard. I typically am in New England for 2 weeks in the summer and another week in October. I may have to make a special trip to New England during the tour dates because it sounds like I’d love it!

  18. This sounds like a great tour. I have never been to Boston before. I would love to visit sometime. I think it would be great.

  19. This sounds like such a great tour, I would have never thought of it. Might have to check it out the next time I am in the area.

  20. I love the Boston accent. It’s always cool when you hear Matt or Ben doing an interview and they sound all Hollywood – and the all of a sudden a certain word and it’s like “oh hello Boston, nice to see you!” LOL
    I think we did a tour like this during my high school field trip to Boston. I remember being on the Campus – which is beautiful. It was so long ago though I’d love to revisit.

  21. I have never been to Boston but have always wanted to visit. It’s on my bucket list!

  22. I love that you did not let a little rain sour the day. I love visiting Boston and taking the dog with me.

  23. I have always wanted to do this tour! Next time I am in the area I will!

  24. I would love to try out the Harvard Tour! I bet the history there is amazing. If I’m in the Boston area I would definitely put this on my must do list.

  25. I think that sounds really fun. I tried saying the words without the Rs. 🙂 I would love to experience the Hahvahd Tour one day.

  26. I lived in Boston for about a year –but they hadn’t started doing that tour yet or I would have surely attended. Yeah–parking is horrendous in Cambridge–but you know what is worse? Those circles you drive in–I actually lost a wedding party in one of them–nope never found the wedding–barely made it back to where I lived at the time!!

  27. Very neat. I would love to visit the Boston area someday and do some cool tours like this. I love those old buildings!

  28. I would LOVE to take a tour like that. If for no other reason than to hear all the people speaking with that accent. I love the way it sounds!

  29. I’m in love with the Boston accent. One of my favorite lines of any movie is from “The Heat”. Ah you or ah you not a knock?

  30. Looks like a great tour! It’s my dream to have my son go to Harvard!

  31. We have visited Harvard but have never taken a formal tour. Definitely on my daughter’s bucket list.

  32. Looks you have fun and great time. I wish I was there too! Thanks for sharing.

  33. I’ve never been interested in visiting Harvard but it’s good to know that a tour is available for those interested. I personally would only go when it’s sunny, I’m not a fan of rain.

  34. I think Boston accents are the best ever – well, next to my southern accent, of course. 🙂 This looks like such a fun walking tour of Harvard and how cool to learn some of the secrets and history.

  35. Oh that looks so cool! I wish I went on more college tours, even if I wasn’t planning on going there. It just looks so fun! Great post xx felinebykatsaris.com

  36. Did the guides tell you to kiss the statue and have your picture taken will ensure that you will come back? Great tour details!

  37. This sounds like a great tour! I would love to take this walking tour. What a fun way and unique way to see the area!

  38. I love walking tours! This looks like a really great one!

  39. I would love to go on this tour. It would be so interesting to hear some of the history.

  40. My Daughter and i will be in the area this year and she has always wanted to go to Harvard. This would be a fun tour for her. We will have to check it out.

  41. I have always wondered what it would be like to tour an Ivy League Uni!

  42. Wow, sounds like an interesting tour. I love all the facts about the statue! That’s wild!

  43. This sounds like a very exciting thing to do when you visit Boston. I will save this for my trek across the USA

  44. This was really interesting. I never knew Matt Damon was a Harvard alumni. Or Zuckerburg. I love the story behind the statue of John Harvard. So it’s basically some random guy that they called John Harvard?! Brilliant.

  45. This would be such a fun tour to take! I love when we travel to be able to go to places like this and learn history.

  46. I love the historical aspects of the property. My dad actually did a lot of work on their campus and MIT.

  47. I have never been to Boston, but one of these days, would love to get up there. A tour of Harvard would be super cool.

  48. This would be a great tour for someone who wants to go to the school. The rain is bad though.

  49. Uhg that sucks that it rained but at least you made the best of it! I have never been to Boston but a tour of the campus and learning about all of that history would be pretty cool!

  50. Would love to experience this one time. Looks like you had a great day 🙂 it’s always raining here in the UK to!

  51. What an amazing tour! Im glad they work on weekends so I can go on saturdays!

  52. I’d definitely have to take this tour. I’ve always heard a lot about Harvard so it would be cool to see it for myself.

  53. That looks like a really great tour to attend. Looks like you both had fun even though it was raining. =)

  54. Looks like a great tour except for the rain!

  55. The grounds are so beautiful!! As a photographer im so inspired!

  56. Harvard has a beautiful campus and the area around it has a lot of great things to do and see.

  57. very fun! I felt like I was touring along with you 🙂

  58. This is interesting tour at Harvard University. My question to you who in your family will be going to Harvard? An exclusive school for the few. The rain or snow would not stop me. Lol

  59. I love that they call it the Havvahd tour! I like that they have a sense of humor!

  60. How fun. I’ve always seen these tours on tv and in the movies, but I think it would be so fun to do in person! You two are great sports too, in the rain!

  61. I remember the last time I was in Boston, I met a friend and we had lunch near Hahvard. As were we parking, I looked up and there was the naked tushy of college student. Apparently he forgot the window was wide open.

  62. Havard is a fantastic uni and I loved the play on words. They are not called boffins for nothing lol!

  63. wow, I’m in MA too. Have been for a number of years and never took the tour. Must do it now.

  64. I have yet to travel to the Boston area, but always wanted to, and touring Harvard would just be another awesome reason to make that happen. I love that so many amazing people attended the school.

  65. This looks like a super awesome tour! Glad you guys were able to experience this.

  66. What a great way to spend an afternoon! I love different ideas of how to spend my days off.

  67. Looks like an awesome tour. I have never made it to Boston even though I have thought about it a few times.

  68. I was in Cambridge this past summer and I wish I had gone on a Harvard Tour!! We ran out of time, booooo!!! Next time for sure!!

  69. That’s so fun to say, I tried it without the Rs. Anyway, the tour sounds fun, especially when you’re in high school, trying to see what universities you’ll like. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  70. that would be a great tour to go on, if I’m ever in the East Coast I’ll be sure to check it out!

  71. I haven’t made it to Boston yet, but harvard is definitely on my list when I do make it there.

  72. I bet the tours are really fun! It looks like a really neat campus to stroll through!

  73. I want to be part of this tour too. Harvard seems to be an interesting place to explore.

  74. I would have loved to have taken a tour of Harvard when I was there. I only had about 20 minutes so I just walked around on my own

  75. I loved touring Boston and walked around Harvard, but didn’t get the “tour.” Can’t wait to go back with my kids!

  76. In all my years of going down to Boston (college and my mom grew up in Lynn) I don’t think I have ever done any of the touristy type stuff. I really ought to though! Maybe next trip down!

  77. I’ve never been there, it looks like a great place to visit.

  78. Farmer that it rained. That’s fun that you went anyway. LOL to the ‘r’s.’ It is a cool accent.

  79. I would love to visit Boston! This Harvard tour seems really interesting. So many places I wan’t to visit and see, this is sure one of them.

  80. The tour looks like so much fun. I would like to have this kind of tour and visit boston.

  81. We Love, Love Boston so much culture and history in that city. Bummer it rained while you were there but it looks like you managed to have a lovely time.

  82. It looks like y’all were having fun, what a neat tour. It always seems to rain when I plan outing with the family. We still have fun though.

  83. What a very nice tour and trip. A good activity for such low price. I quite love it.

  84. Can you believe I’ve never been to Boston! It’s definitely on the list, so many things I want to see.

  85. I’ve been to Boston twice. Never dawned on me to take the tour. But with a soon to be college student in my house, we will be taking the tour soon.

  86. I have never been to Boston hopefully someday. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this University aside from being a well knows school they are one of the expensive school in the country as well.

  87. I live in the south and we get comments about our accents a lot as well. I love that you are so proud of where you’re from!

  88. Thanks for that tour though your city! Looks nice there 🙂

  89. Haha Hahvahd! That’s awesome! It looks like an amazing campus I would love to see it!

  90. Since we live so close, I will have to check this out. I could use a day out in Boston to have fun and learn.

  91. This tour looks like a lot of fun! I need to keep this in mind for when I am in the area 🙂

  92. would love to go on a tour like this, looks like fun

  93. I was just talking with a friend the other day how we have to finally get ourselves to Boston! I would love to visit that city!

  94. You a tour must be great if no one is deterred by a little but of rain!

  95. It looks like a fun city to explore with family and friends. My family never been to Boston but my parent’s in-law did. They had a wonderful time.

  96. This looks like so much fun. I will be Boston this Summer and I would love to try and fit this tour in.

  97. Sounds like a fabulous tour and it is priced very reasonably! Too bad it was raining, but it didn’t seem to bother anyone.

  98. My love is from Boston and I laugh, because we both have accidents. I;’m from NYC, heading to Boston for the very first time in June. Thank you so much now I can write done the places to visit.

  99. This looks like so much fun! I love learning all about history of places. if I ever get to Boston, I’m definitely doing this tour.

  100. Thank you for bringing us all to Hahvahd with your photos plus this is a fun way to explore and spend time with family.

  101. When I was looking at colleges i went to visit to check out Emerson and BU. Not that i would have gotten in but i should have checked out Hahvahd!

  102. What a cool experience! This sounds like such a fun way to see the campus.

  103. This looks like so much fun! I’m glad to hear that they integrated so much humor into the tour, it’s never good to take things too seriously.

  104. How fun I would actually enjoy this tour

  105. The campus at Harvard is so beautiful. I can just imagine all the brilliant scholars who walked those paths over the years.

  106. Omg this would be such a neat tour! Loving the fact that they added humor. I had a bestie in FL that went to Harvard. She always had such fun stories to tell about Harvard.

  107. I walked “harvard yard” (and the entire “trail”) when I was in college… well, I went to a school in Michigan though! 🙂

  108. Sounds like fun! I’ve always wanted to visit Harvard.

  109. I would love to go on a tour in this place. It’s really really nice. It’s a dream school for me.

  110. I wish i have seen more places. It seems like there are so many places I’d like to visit. Boston being one of them.

  111. Wow that sounds like a fun experience. Will definitely add this on my travel list. Thanks for sharing!

  112. I haven’t visited Boston till now! But I am glad I know you through this blog so I know where to go if I’m visiting your beautiful place 🙂