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About Harvard Yard, Boston

Harvard Yard, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a grassy area of 22.4 acres (9.1 ha) enclosed by fences with twenty-seven gates. It is the oldest part of the Harvard University campus, its historic center, and its modern crossroads. Bounded principally by Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge Street, Broadway, and Quincy Street, it contains most of the freshman dormitories; Harvard's most important libraries; Memorial Church; several classroom and departmental buildings; and the offices of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Dean of Harvard College, and President of Harvard University.The center of the Yard—a wide grassy area bounded by Widener Library, Memorial Church, University Hall, and Sever Hall known as Tercentenary Theatre—​​is the site of annual commencement exercises and other convocations. The western third of Harvard Yard, which opens onto Peabody Street (often mistaken for nearby Massachusetts Avenue) at Johnston Gate, is known as the Old Yard, and around it cluster most of the freshman dormitories. Among these is Massachusetts Hall, which, having been constructed in 1720, is the oldest still-standing building on Harvard's campus and one of the two oldest academic buildings in the United States. The lower floors of Massachusetts Hall house the offices of the President of Harvard University. The original Harvard Hall on this site housed the College library, including the books donated by John Harvard—​all but one of which were destroyed when the building burned in 1764. Rebuilt in 1766, Harvard Hall now houses classrooms. Harvard Square is adjacent to the Old Yard. Across the Old Yard from Johnston Gate is University Hall (1815), whose white-granite facade was the first to challenge the red-brick Georgian style until then ascendant;between its twin west staircases stands the John Harvard statue.

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Walking past the city of Boston, you will come across Harvard Yard. Don't expect lot of visitors to Harvard Yard since it is not a popular tourist spot in Boston.

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American History Tour: Cambridge, Lexington and Concord Day Trip from Boston
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This fascinating historical day trip from Boston takes you to the famous nearby Massachusetts cities of Cambridge, Lexington and Concord. Journey along the Battle Road Trail, follow the route Paul Revere took, and visit Harvard Yard and Cambridge Common, both US National Historic Landmarks. You’ll also stand on legendary Lexington Battle Green – the site of the infamous Battle of Lexington – and pass the homes of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott. Your expert guide will teach you all about this area’s prominent role in the Revolutionary War and the Civil War while taking you to the cities’ most famous sights and off-the-beaten path locales.

Newport Mansions and Waterfront Sightseeing Tour from Boston
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On this day trip from Boston to Rhode Island, view the gilded mansions, million-dollar yachts and gorgeous beaches of Newport, home to the famous Newport Mansions. Enjoy the beauty of this fabulous New England summer resort as you travel along Ocean Drive (10-Mile Drive), and stop to take walking tours of breathtaking Marble House and The Breakers, two grand, historic mansions once owned by the famous Vanderbilt family. Stroll along the Newport waterfront for free time to shop and dine as you please, and learn about the city's history, colonial heritage, culture and architecture from your knowledgeable guide.

New England Coastal Tour from Boston
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Capture the beautiful scenery of the New England coast on this luxury coach tour from Boston, affording postcard-worthy views of beaches, harbors, wetlands, rugged cliffs and lighthouses. Travel north through North Shore and along the rocky coast of Maine, stopping in the quaint town of Kennebunkport for lunch and free time to walk around. In York, visit famous Nubble Light (the Cape Neddick Lighthouse), one of the most iconic lighthouses in the country, and then view President Bush's summer home from Walker Point.

Fall Foliage Sightseeing Tour from Boston
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Marvel at the spectacular New England countryside on this scenic fall foliage tour from Boston. Bring your camera along for a drive east among gently rolling hills to small towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire dotted with age-old taverns, colonial churches, farms and prairies, all featuring a beautiful display of autumn’s stunning colors. Visit Willard Brook State Forest, explore a quaint New England tavern nestled among the mountains, and enjoy a guided visit of an apple orchard to see how local cider is made. Your guide will navigate fall's changing colors as you tour across Boston, making stops in quiet New England towns along the way for you to capture photos of the brilliant landscape.

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