Hidden Gems: Harvard Edition

Category Student Voices


Samia Afrose Class of '25
Authored on January 15, 2024


Whenever I visit a new place, I love exploring the hidden gems. Here, I present a mix of hidden gems as well as some underrated spots in the Harvard area.

  1. Winter Garden
The Winter Garden

Located in the Knafel Building, the Winter Garden is hidden in the computer lab downstairs. Inside there are comfortable cushions where students can sit, relax, or even nap. The center of this relaxing space is covered with plants and a beautiful water installation.

  1. Radcliffe Yard
Radcliffe Yard
Picture Credits: The Harvard Crimson

Although the Radcliffe Yard is not very hidden, it is definitely underrated. It is a calm place to picnic, read a book, or study outside. There are lawn chairs and leg rests for your comfort as well. It is a great spot that is slightly removed from the main Harvard Yard area, but still very close.

  1. The Sunken Garden
The Sunken Garden
Picture Credits: Stimson Studio

The sunken garden is a scenic green space to the side of Radcliffe Yard. Here you can find benches and a grassy area to sit and catch up with your friends as you enjoy the colorful flowers and the sound of the water fountain. 

  1. Garden behind Adolphus Busch Hall
The garden behind Adolphus Busch Hall
Picture Credit: Wikimedia Commons

This place has a large water fountain (if you couldn’t tell I love water fountain structures), as well as tables, chairs, and large umbrellas, which are perfect for studying outside even when it is sunny. The garden has many beautiful plants and is even a great spot for pictures!

  1. Bonus: Lowell House Court Yard
Lowell House Courtyard
Picture Credit: Lowell House

The courtyard of Lowell House is not at all a hidden gem, but it is definitely underrated and one of my favorite spots on campus. This gated courtyard has a ping pong table, hammocks, a volleyball net, and tables and chairs for studying. 

Samia Afrose Class of '25

Hi! My name is Samia.