Boston: what to see

Hometown to America’s beloved Dunkin Doughnuts, Boston is a city full of gorgeous architecture, some of the world’s finest higher education institutions as well as rich and diverse history. The soul of the city was shaped by the diversity of immigrants moving to Boston from Ireland and Italy, followed by the Chinese, and shaped up to be as colorful and charming as one would hope.
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  1. Harvard University campuslocated in Cambridge neighborhood (Red Line Harvard), occupies more than 200 acres. Apart from special events taking place (which you can find here), there are really only a few things to see to get a feel of the place that nurtured some of the greatest minds of the nation - and it should take you anywhere between 45 mins to 2 hours to cover all of it and get something cute from the souvenir shop.
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  It is centered around Harvard Yard - an area with administrative and academic buildings, main libraries and a famous bronze statue of John Harvard, whose left foot is rubbed for luck by endless crowds of visitors every day. Although it is not an actual tradition that Harvard students have, the misconception has been so long-lived that I bet some of the students actually do rub poor man's foot - which technically makes it a tradition by now. It has also been quite traditional for students to play pranks with the statue - covering it in paint and tar - and I suggest you rub it - for fun if nothing else.
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  Lowell House is located south of Harvard Yard and is a great glimpse into a typical student residence at Harvard. Two landscaped courts are surrounded by gorgeous neo-Gerogian design red brick buildings, and prior to 1996 transition to randomized housing assignments it used to be a very popular housing choice due to its centralized location, close proximity to most Harvard facilities and elegant designs. The day I visited was a day after a big snow blizzard - so a snowmen wearing sunglasses (cuz' he is too cool for school - get it?) was proudly standing in the middle of the court - with a cap and a hole from a carrot that presumably was placed by a dirty minded student quite a bit lower than the traditional nose placement. Just another day at Harvard, I guess.
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  Last stop on the Harvard trip is Science Center. It is one of the few academic buildings in Harvard that is open to the public. It has a few lecture auditoriums, and if you are lucky (and like me lost your hope of getting into Harvard the traditional way) you might be able to sneak into the lecture halls while there is a class - for the same reason I rubbed John Harvards foot I thought peaking there would make me smarter. It didn't. But there is also the first programmable computer in the United States displayed in the building - and that was fun. In fact holding an iPad standing next to it is quite astonishing - the difference 80 years make is unbelievable.
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  2. Since you are in the heart of one of the most educated cities in the nation, it would be wrong not to visit Physical Science Mecca - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which is just a quick Uber ride away. Although 24 hour itineraries barely have time for any museums, MIT Museum is totally worth a visit. At $10 per ticket ($5 for students with a valid ID), it displays a lot of fun stuff, but my favorite was the Student Showcase exhibition showing the prototypes that MIT students are working on. There are lots of other fun things to see there - holograms, polaroid cameras, mechanical inventions and robots playing football - and to wrap it up the gift store offers a variety of quirky gifts for the geeks in your life, with damage as low as $2.50 for a little magnet that says "I *heart* physics". Simple, easy and painless.
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  3. Last but not in any way least thing on my list of things to see in Boston is Skywalk Observatory. Located on the top of Prudential Mall, it offers a 360 degree view of the city, and is best visited right before the sunset - the sky is all shades of pink and it looks breathtaking above the city. The theater inside offers mini series about the past and present of Boston - it is quite educational and even touching. At $16 per ticket ($13 for students with valid ID) Skywalk is a great way to see the city form up above and on your way back stop by Top of the Hub restaurant. Located on the 52 floor of the mall, it offers quite an expensive menu of dinners and lunches, but a little appetizer and a few drinks will set you back $50 plus tips for two - and give you a good hour of gorgeous views - perfect for a romantic date if you will.
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