Congratulations! Your hard work has earned you acceptance into one of the country’s top schools, you’ve moved in, double checked your class schedule, and what next? Here are 5 ways to explore your new home.
Explore the Squares
Harvard Square is an obvious place to start, especially for Harvard students who treat Harvard Square like their new front yard. The Square is packed with incredible restaurants like Parsnip and Russell House Tavern, coffee shops (Crema and Blue Bottle included), shops, and bookstores. But there are other squares in the city and nearby Somerville, too! Learn about all of the squares in Cambridge here!
Take in a show at Oberon
The American Repertory Theatre was founded in 1980 and along with it the small black box theater, Oberon. See Tony Award-winning Diane Paulus’ The Donkey Show, a smash up of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the 1970s. Learn more about the genre-pushing theater here.
Sip on a Brew
Grad students (and parents of undergrads), rejoice: Cambridge’s brewery scene has reached new levels thanks to Lamplighter Brewing Co., an independent beer maker with a tap room a short walk from Central Square. In addition to selling beer for takeaway and in the taproom, the brewery host trivia nights, food pop-ups, and even a Sunday Beer Brunch.
Check out the riverfront
The best views in Boston are right here in Camridge. MIT and Harvard students will have easy access to the lush riverbanks along the Charles. Across the water, the Boston skyline rises behind the gold-dome of the State House and above the townhouses of the Back Bay. It’s one of the most impressive views in town, and it’ll be in your new backyard. Plus, the river is a great resource for outdoor activities in Cambridge, from running along the paths to kayaking or rowing.
See the rainbow at Harvard Art Museums
Climb to the top of the Harvard Art Museums to see the vast collection of more than 2,000 pigments started by former director Edward Waldo Forbes and used in research and restoration. The pigments are held behind glass on the fourth floor of the museum in the Straus Center for Conservation and Preservation, but take a peek in at the bright and often, rare, hues.
Get a great meal
See the Harvard Lampoon Building
Built in 1909 by Edmund M. Wheelwright, this building is often referred to as the Lampoon Castle because it houses the offices of the humor magazine. The building itself is eye catching, part castle, part peculiarity, and has seen celebs like Conan O’Brien and John Updike grace its hallways when they were part of the Harvard Lampoon’s staff.