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Top 5 Fall Activities Around Cambridge

Fall on the East Coast is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Coming from California, I didn’t truly grasp the concept of seasons before last year; now, I’ll openly admit that autumn is the best one out there. Below are some fall activities worth checking out. ‘Tis the season!

1. Go apple picking: This is probably the most quintessentially autumn thing to do on the East Coast. Last year, a friend and I went to Carver Hill Orchard, which was about 40 minutes away from campus, but there are several others a little closer. Most all of them boast several acres of apple trees, and some have bakeries in which you can order fresh apple crumble with pumpkin ice cream. These excursions definitely make for great photo ops as well, so make sure to bring a camera!


What I ordered last year at Carver Hill Orchard.
Above: What I ordered last year at Carver Hill Orchard.

2. Drink pumpkin-flavored drinks in the Greenhouse Cafe: The Greenhouse Cafe, located in the Science Center, is a frequent stop for students. It’s conveniently located outside some of the most-used lecture halls on campus, and they use Starbucks coffee, make drinks quickly, and are friendly to all. Come fall, they offer a pumpkin spice topping alongside the usual non-fat milk and brown sugar. Yup, that’s right - you can fall-ify any drink at the flick of a wrist (and order it 3 minutes before class to boot).

 

3. Take a photo in Harvard Yard: Harvard Yard during autumn is as magical as you’d think. There are a couple weeks in mid-October when the leaves are red, orange, and yellow; this is also when the weather hasn’t have gotten too cold to enjoy sitting out on the Yard’s colorful chairs. Having photoshoots with the fallen leaves isn’t just a tourist-y thing to do; it’s so pretty that students Instagram on the daily.


My own Instagram of the Yard if full autumn swing.
Above: My own Instagram of the Yard if full autumn swing.

4. Drive to Walden Pond: I’ve not yet taken this famous trip, but from what I hear from friends, it doesn’t disappoint. With a Zip Car hub conveniently located in the Square, it’s easy enough to rent a car and take the 20 minute trip to Thoreau’s favorite spot. Plus, the drive out there will be almost as pretty as the pond.

 

5. Find the Harvard Turkey: Yes, Harvard has a resident turkey that walks around campus and Harvard Square. It mostly hangs out around quieter streets around the Yard and the Square, but you can find it outside JP Licks or in the Barker Center courtyard, too. Definitely have SnapChat ready at hand; you will want to show your friends!​

 

 

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