Harvard Square Evening Excursion through Cambridge

Boston CityWalks

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Activity #1338

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Description

Here's your chance to make Cambridge yours, too!! We'll take you on America's first subway from Boston Common to the hustle and bustle of Harvard Square in Cambridge on the other side of the Charles River.

Your 2-hour Harvard Square Excursion Highlights include:
  • Harvard Yard and Radcliff Yard
  • Brattle Street ("Tory Row")
  • The "Old Burial Place"
  • Longfellow's Mansion
  • "The Square" itself - street entertainers, chess games, the “buzz”
Spend an evening at Harvard Square. Your experienced guide will escort you on the Red Line Subway to the hustle and bustle of Harvard Square, Cambridge, where we’ll listen to the street musicians and watch the chess matches in action. We’ll tour Harvard Yard, which takes on an eerily spooky feel in the evening, and check out Cambridge’s Old Burial Ground colonial cemetery.

You will have the option of returning to Park Street with your guide or staying on in Harvard Square for dinner (perhaps The Border Café or John Harvard’s Brew House), or going into one of Harvard Square’s many entertainment spots (like Club Passim).

What Is Not Included?

Though no food and drinks are provided on this tour, your subway fare will be included in the cost of your ticket!

Meeting Location

Near Park and Tremont Streets on Bostom Common (Boston, MA) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

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Rating: 5
Perfect way to spend a few hours
Dmelo1 Thu, Jun 5  6:00 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Really enjoyed our stroll through Cambridge with Al. He provided great information and was able to show us places we would not have discovered ourselves. Glad we were able to go on this little exploration.
Rating: 5
Excellent
andy808 Thu, Dec 12, 13  6:00 PM Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
 
Our guide, Alan, braved extreme weather in December (-7C) to carry on with our pre-booked tour. Alan took us around Cambridge, and with his expert knowledge, immersed us in the history of Cambridge and made us completely forget about the freezing conditions! An excellent evening. Andy and John, London. UK
Rating: 5
Loved it
cas71871 Thu, Oct 24, 13  6:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Loved it. Really recommend it!
Rating: 5
Fun Trip Through Cambridge
jlarsen0959 Thu, Apr 18, 13  6:00 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
We went with Alan on a walk through Cambridge. Alan knew the neighborhood, and was able to get us to places others would have missed. A great walk.
Rating: 4
Great!
Melanieno Thu, Jan 31, 13  6:00 PM Female 20-29 Local Individual
 
I learned a lot, and he had a lot of interesting tidbits that even as someone relatively local I did not know.
Rating: 5
Informative and enthusiastic!
Elfirek Thu, Jul 14, 11  6:00 PM Female 20-29 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
The guide presented the Cambridge and Harvard area in a very interesting, creative and enthusiastic manner. He mentioned many historical facts and revealed crucial background stories. Highly recommended!
Rating: 2
walking tours of Boston - Havard Square
jeanpeston Thu, Jul 7, 11  6:00 PM Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
The walking tour was a little disappointing - due to the guide being a little boring. The tour was very long without any thought of a short rest / sit down. Would not recommend this tour - there is nothing to see of Havard university - other than a large yard with students sitting on the grass. Very expensive for what we got.
Rating: 5
Our guide was wonderful!
bemont Thu, May 5, 11  6:00 PM Female 20-29 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Alan was our guide and he was knowledgeable and entertaining. He went above and beyond to show us a great time and tour of Harvard. Thank you!
Rating: 4
A great date night idea
pdardeno2 Thu, Apr 8, 10  6:00 PM Male 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
 
It was an informative and interesting tour of Harvard Square and turned out to be a really good date activity. We saw a lot of beautiful things and learned some stuff too. I would definitely recommend it, my date was definitely surprised and thought it was a really original thing to do for a night out.
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Is advance purchase necessary?
You must purchase your tickets in advance in order to guarantee your space on the tour. Please book well in advance to maximize your chances of getting the date and time you prefer.
Do I have to pay extra for the "T subway fare?
No. Your guide will whisk you through the turnstiles at no additional cost - IT'S INCLUDED!!
How long do the walking tours last?
Tours last approximately 2 hours, but can vary depending upon the number of people, questions asked, etc.
How far do we actually walk?
This tour is approximately 1 mile in length.
Do we walk at a leisurely pace?
Yes, tours move at a leisurely place. Though at times we might move faster because there is so much to see and talk about, we do stop frequently and we promise not to overwork you!! We try whenever possible to stop in the shade when it's hot and in the sun when it's cool. And where there are benches, we'll point them out.
What specific Historic Sites will we see?
These are just some of the sites you’ll see: Park Street, America’s First Subway Station, The Park Street Church, The Longfellow Bridge, Harvard Square, Loeb Drama Center, Harvard Yard, John Harvard Statue, Brattle Street (“Tory Row”), Brattle House, the Longfellow Mansion, Radcliffe Yard.
What if I have a particular area of interest?
If you have a particular area of interest, like history or architecture, please let the guide know and they will likely be able to emphasize that area(s) for the enjoyment of the whole group.
Are there restrooms on the tour?
While there are no prescheduled stops along the way, we will make every reasonable effort to meet requests for a stop.
Will we be able to purchase water along the way?
On most tours, we will pass by street vendors selling drinks. We will stop there upon request. Make sure to bring extra cash if you might want to purchase from these vendors!
Will there be food available on the tour?
No, but there will be restaurants and other food services available where the tour ends. Please have a light dinner or a snack before we begin, so that we don't inconvenience others on the tour by taking time away for you to get something to eat. If a snack is required, you could purchase one from a street vendor when we stop for drinks.
Can we do shopping along the way?
While the tour does pass through shopping areas, we request that you save all shopping until after the tour has finished. At the conclusion of the tour, we will be happy to give you directions to get back to specific shops and locations.
Can I ask questions?
YES!!! Questions are always welcome.
Do I need to purchase a ticket for my child?
Yes, please purchase a reduced price Child ticket for children ages 5 to 16. Children under the age of 5 may come on the tour for free, but please let us know if you are bringing any young children when you purchase your tickets. Remember to bring a stroller!
Will my toddler survive the tour?
Well, it's a long way for a toddler to go, so we can't recommend it. But you know your child best - if you think they'll enjoy it and they'll behave, go ahead and bring 'em along. We'll try and make it as pleasant as we can for both you and them.
Is the tour stroller accessible?
Most of the tour is accessible to strollers and we do recommend them for small children. Please keep in mind, however, that many areas are uneven and there are stairs to and from the subway, but you should be able to carry your children over these short distances.
Is this tour wheelchair accessible?
Unfortunately, we do not recommend wheelchairs on these tours because there are several sets of steps, up and down, at the two "T" Subway Stations.
What happens if it rains or snows?
The tour runs rain or shine. If precipitation starts during the tour, rain ponchos are usually available from the guide. If really severe weather forces us to cancel the tour, you will be able to reschedule to another date or receive credit for a future event.
How do I get back to my hotel after the tour?
Your guide will give you specific directions following the tour. If either walking or taking the "T" subway are possibilities, your guide will describe both options for you. Maps will be provided upon request.
Where does the tour end?
This tour ends right where we started - near the corner of Park and Tremont Streets on Boston Common. You'll get even more specific meeting location information once you book and, if you'd like, you can remain in Harvard Square on your own at the end of the tour.
What are the differences between the offered tours?
The Harvard Square Evening Excursion goes to the lovely town of Cambridge and takes place in the evening, so is very different than our other tours. You'll learn about its history and see the interesting architecture of Harvard Square and Harvard University. The Downtown Boston to Back Bay and the Back Bay to Downtown Tours cover many of the same sites. The first, as its name indicates, leaves from Downtown and the second from Copley Square in the Back Bay, so you can choose based on which starting point is closest to your hotel or which time offered best meets your needs. The North End, Waterfront and Downtown Tour includes the original settled area of Boston and then proceeds to the North End and winds up on the Waterfront. This is a lovely historic tour that goes beyond where the others leave off. It includes Paul Revere's House, the Old North Church, Boston's Italian Area and the oldest commercial block in the city.
Does the tour have anything to offer a native Bostonian?
Absolutely! Boston is full of little known secrets and treasures. Its nooks and crannies provide a wealth of sights and stories that go along with them. The anecdotal history your guide will share with you is sure to add new nuances to what you thought you already knew. You'll see a side of the city you never knew existed!
Are gift certificates available?
Of course. You can reach Boston CityWalks with the "Contact BostonWalks" link.
Are private tours available for Boston CityWalks tours?
We would love to create just the right tour for you or your group. Please click on the "Contact BostonWalks" link to make arrangements!

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Boston CityWalks

Boston CityWalks gives just the right mix of history, architecture and culture to bring Boston’s personality alive and make you feel a part of the city. We share our love for the city with facts, stories and humor that reflect the quirky nature that IS Boston.

The Harvard Square Evening Excursion is a great, safe way to experience the "vibe" of Harvard Square. You'll absolutely love spending an evening there. It's such a super cool place - and we actually prefer evenings there.

Boston CityWalks also does customized tours to your specifications. These personalized walking tours are perfect for Weddings, engagement parties, birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, Family Get-Togethers, Graduations, Business Meetings, Conventions and other Special Events.

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