Waltham, MA

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Stroll through beautiful university campuses and learn about the Industrial Revolution in one of Middlesex County’s most charming towns.

Discover Waltham’s captivating cultural life. Located in Middlesex County, this small town is full of early American history. Learn about its role in the Industrial Revolution and explore its many museums and stately homes.

Stroll along the Riverwalk and watch the scenic Charles River. Waltham has more than 100 locations on the National Register of Historic Places. Although many are privately owned, look for them as you wander throughout town.

Explore Waltham’s watchmaking history in the American Waltham Watch Company Historic District. Between 1850 and 1957, the Waltham Watch Company produced about 35 million timepieces and precision instruments. Visit the multi-building complex today and trace watchmaking history through the years.

See the site of America’s first factory at Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. The building was originally part of American industrialist Francis Cabot Lowell's groundbreaking textile mill. Explore the museum’s exhibits and learn about the Waltham Watch Company and the town’s role in the Industrial Revolution.

Both Bentley and Brandeis universities are located in Waltham. Walk through their tree-lined, well-manicured campuses. Browse through thousands of pieces of art in Brandeis’ Rose Art Museum, with works by famous artists including Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.

Discover Waltham’s stately homes and grounds. Visit the red-brick Federal-style Gore Place, a summer home that entertained guests including the Marquis de Lafayette and James Monroe. Tour the beautiful grounds and stylish interiors of the Lyman Estate, a rambling white stone mansion. Explore the stunning grounds of the Robert Treat Paine Estate, designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

Enjoy beautiful New England weather at Hardy Pond and the adjacent Lazazzero Playground. Fish off the pier, jog along its trails or play a game of basketball.

From Waltham, drive along historic Revere Beach Parkway, which has connected the suburbs north of Boston since 1896. Downtown Boston is just 14 miles (23 miles) east. Reach the state’s capital by car in under 30 minutes or take the bus or commuter rail, which both run regularly.

Where to stay in Waltham

Best Western Plus Waltham Boston
Best Western Plus Waltham Boston
3 out of 5
380 Winter Street, Waltham, MA
The price is $84 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 2
Located in Piety Corner, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Brandeis University and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Bentley College. Boston College and Harvard University ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,271 reviews)
"It was very well kept! Clean and staff friendly!"

Reviewed on Nov 27, 2021

Best Western Plus Waltham Boston
Embassy Suites Boston Waltham
Embassy Suites Boston Waltham
3.5 out of 5
550 Winter Street, Waltham, MA
The price is $99 per night from Dec 31 to Dec 31
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Brandeis University and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Bentley College. Boston College and Harvard ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,037 reviews)
"Arrived to a plate with someone’s room service in front of our door. Ultimately was cleaned up. Pool was great. Pull out couch was particularly uncomfortable. Discrepancy between temperature in bedroom and living room was notable. Front desk staff super nice and polite. Breakfast staff couldn’t be ..."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2021

Embassy Suites Boston Waltham
Hampton Inn & Suites Boston/Waltham
Hampton Inn & Suites Boston/Waltham
2.5 out of 5
135 2nd Ave, Waltham, MA
The price is $93 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Brandeis University and within 9 mi (15 km) of Boston College and Harvard University. Harvard ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (939 reviews)
"Property seemed pretty new and clean ,staff was very nice."

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites Boston/Waltham
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
HYATT house Boston/Waltham
HYATT house Boston/Waltham
3 out of 5
54 4th Ave, Waltham, MA
The price is $120 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 8
Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Brandeis University and within 9 mi (15 km) of Boston College and Harvard University. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,858 reviews)
"Convenient"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2021

HYATT house Boston/Waltham
Crescent Suites Hotel
Crescent Suites Hotel
3 out of 5
287 Crescent Street, Waltham, MA
The price is $150 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in South Side, this aparthotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Brandeis University and within 6 mi (10 km) of Boston College and St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (634 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay at the property. Very clean and large rooms. TV was great. Furniture was a little worn. Bedding was excellent. Would stay here again"

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2021

Crescent Suites Hotel
Harvard House-We Bring Families Together For a Living
Harvard House-We Bring Families Together For a Living
Waltham, MA
This family-friendly Waltham vacation home is located on the waterfront, 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Brandeis University, and within 9 mi (15 km) of MIT Museum and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (28 reviews)
Excellent property
"Our party of seven attended a wedding at the Lyman Estate in Waltham. This property was excellently located close to the wedding venue, close to hotels where other family members stayed, and close to stores. The home is about a hundred years old and the furniture, drapes, lights, art, etc. match ..."

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2021

Harvard House-We Bring Families Together For a Living
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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