city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States

Waltham is a city in the American state of Massachusetts. It is some 10 miles (16 km) west of central Boston on the Charles River. Waltham is considered part of the Greater Boston conurbation; even so, it has a unique character amongst Boston's outer suburbs. It is sometimes called "Watch City" because it was home to Waltham Watch Company. Many high-tech companies have made Waltham their home. It is also home to Bentley College and Brandeis University.

UnderstandEdit

One of the oldest of American cities, Waltham was first settled by British settlers in 1634 and was incorporated in 1738. In 1813, the Boston Manufacturing Company was formed in Waltham by Francis Cabot Lowell. It was the first modern factory in the United States and history books have credited this as the beginning of America's industrial revolution. In 1854, the Waltham Watch Company was established by Aaron Dennison. The company went on to make the first watches with interchangeable parts and the first 100% American-made watch, designing advanced machinery that spread to other industries and led to America's industrial power. Waltham is also noted as the home of such famous persons as Governor Christopher Gore and General Nathaniel Banks.

Get inEdit

By planeEdit

  • 1 Logan International Airport, East Boston. Logan is the closest airport to Waltham; it is about 20 minutes east. Logan Airport has flights from all around the United States and at least 28 other countries. From Logan Airport, you can take the T to North Station, and then take the commuter rail (Fitchburg line) to Waltham. Or you can take a taxi the entire way.    

By trainEdit

There are several commuter rail trains from Boston daily. From North Station in Boston, take the MBTA Commuter Rail on the Fitchburg line to either 2 Waltham Station   or 3 Brandeis/Roberts Station  . The trains are a good way to get into Boston, especially on the day of a sports game, because they go directly to the Boston Garden. They are moderately priced.

Although there are no T stations in Waltham, 4 Riverside Station   is fairly close to Waltham. Riverside is the last station on the Green Line's D branch. From Riverside, take a short, 3-mi (5-km) taxi ride to Waltham.

By busEdit

Local MBTA buses 70 and 70A run from Central Square in Cambridge to Waltham. Several MBTA Express Buses (553, 554, 556, 558, 505) also serve Waltham. They originate several blocks from South Station in Boston and go to Waltham on weekdays only. Buses are usually reliable and inexpensive, but tend to get crowded around rush hour as well (4:30PM to 6:30PM).

By carEdit

Waltham is accessible via Interstate 95, also called Route 128, which connects to the Mass Pike (I-90). This is important if you are flying in or out of Logan Airport because you are going to take I-90 West to get into Waltham and vice versa to get back into Boston. On I-90, there are two sets of toll plazas of $1.25 each, and rush hour can set you back 25-30 minutes between 4:30PM and 6:30PM.

Get aroundEdit

By carEdit

Driving around Waltham is not difficult and you can be just about anywhere in the city in 15 to 20 minutes. There are three main streets to Waltham: Main Street, Moody Street, and Lexington Street. During rush hour(4:30 to 6:30PM) you will hit some traffic that may slow down your commute 10 to 15 minutes. Main Street is probably the worst during that time, and Moody Street can also be busy on a Friday or Saturday night. Parking is accessible with several public parking lots in high traffic areas, as well as on street parking.

By busEdit

Local city buses are an okay way to get around the city. They are cheap and usually reliable, but can get crowded and stuffy at times. The best place to catch the bus from is on the Common, the bus stop is across the street from the train stop.

SeeEdit

DoEdit

  • 1 Concerts On The Waltham Common, +1 781 893-2787. Tuesday evenings at 7:30PM. Summer only. Evening concerts on the Waltham Common. Free.
  • 2 Boston Rock, Prospect Hill. Daily 10AM-7PM. This is good place to take a quick little car ride, and have lunch at the top. There are picnic tables and grills scattered around the viewing area. The view of the Boston skyline is beautiful. It is also a good work out, if you want to run up the road up instead of driving.
  • 3 Veterans Memorial Rink, 295 Totten Pond Road, +1 781 314-3474. Public skating hours: Su 2PM-3:50PM, Tu 10AM-11:50AM, W 10AM-11:50AM, Th 10AM-11:50AM, F 7PM-8:50PM, Sa 2PM-3:50PM. The ice rink is a fun place to go and mess around for a couple hours. You can get pick-up games going, or skate around for fun. They do not rent skates. But if you have your own gear its not expensive and it usually not very busy. $2, $1 reduced.
  • 4 Landmark Embassy Theater, 16 Pine Street, +1 617 499-1995. Sx screens. They usually have a good mix of popular new releases and independent films. Also, they run different daily specials and discounts which is a good way to catch a cheaper movie.

LearnEdit

BuyEdit

Waltham does not offer a lot of shopping.

  • 1 Olympia Sport, 868 Lexington Street, +1 781 899-0459. M-Sa 9AM-9PM, Su 10AM-6PM. Olympia is a good store for basic athletic equipment and athletic shoes. But it does not offer much in high quality shopping.

GroceriesEdit

EatEdit

 
Moody Street

Most of the good restaurants in Waltham are along Moody Street. This includes Thai, Chinese, Indian, and American diner fare. Start at one end and walk the length before deciding on one spot.

BudgetEdit

  • 1 99 restaurant, 110 South Street, +1 781-893-4999. The 99 is a good family restaurant, with American style food. The price is reasonable and is a good, quick little dinner option.
  • 2 Waltham India Market food court, 315 Moody Street (in basement of supermarket). Check out the curries.
  • 3 Pizzi Farm, 549 Lincoln Street, +1 781 891-1032. Deli and market, great place for sandwiches, soup and ice cream.
  • 4 The Prime Deli & Cafe, 580 South St, +1 781 622 9144. M-F 7AM-10PM, Sa 8AM-10PM, Su Closed. Simple, casual deli, open late.

Mid-rangeEdit

  • 5 Green Papaya, 475 Winter St, +1 781 487-9988. Decent Thai food for New England. Good vegetarian selection. Although the spicy level is rated at 1 - 3 stars, the chef will kick it up a notch if you ask for 4 or 5 stars. Their red curry is very good.
  • 6 Little India Restaurant, 475 Moody St, +1 781 894-8755. This restaurant is one of many Indian places along Moody St. Little India is probably the smallest tucked into a small front, although they have a second dining room in the back. They have a well spiced menu. Try the Saag Paneer.
  • 7 [formerly dead link] Naked Fish, 455 Totten Pond Road #1, +1 781 684-0500. Naked Fish is a nice place to eat, and is with in 5 minute walking distance of the Doubletree and Hilton Hotels. It is primarily a seafood restaurant with a very good selection. They do also have a children's menu and it is an upper scale family dinner spot. It is middle-priced and good quality food. They do serve alcoholic cocktails with a tropic flair; the Mui-Tui is delicious.
  • 8 Charcoal Guido's, 482 Moody St, +1 781 373-2733. Good pasta dishes
  • 9 Bertucci's, 475 Winter Street, +1 781 684-0650. Mediocre Italian food.

SplurgeEdit

  • 10 Tempo, 474 Moody Street, +1 781 891-9000. M-Th 5PM-10PM, F Sa 5PM-11PM, the bar is open late every night. Tempo is a fine dining restaurant and bar. The menu is always full and changing. Also, there are daily specials and appetizers using local grown and fresh caught ingredients. Tempo also has a hopping bar scene on a Friday or Saturday night. But if you plan to eat on weekend call ahead for reservation because the place fills up quickly. Tempo is on the pricer side but is a great place to go on a date.
  • 11 La Campania, 504 Main Street, +1 781 894-4280. M-Th 5:30-9:30PM, F Sa 5PM-10PM. La Capania offers upscale Italian food, that taste like an Italian grandmother cooked it for you. It has its own wine store, with a large selection of Italian vino and other wines. This restaurant has a quite, intimate atmosphere and is perfect for a romantic date night. This is a pricey restaurant but you get great home-cooked food and excellent wine.

DrinkEdit

SleepEdit

  • 1 Embassy Suites by Hilton Boston Waltham, 550 Winter Street, toll-free: +1-800-HILTON (445866).
  • 2 Holiday Inn Express, 385 Winter Street (at exit 27 off of I-95 (Rte 128)), +1 781-890-2800, toll-free: +1-800-824-2538, fax: +1 781-890-1021. Get free Wi-Fi (bring your own computer and wireless card -- they don't have any loaners). Make sure to book a room on the first floor of the main building to get access from your room as there is only one access point in the main lobby. Room charge was $89/night plus tax. Includes a well-stocked complimentary breakfast with fruits, cereal, bagels, and cinnamon buns. A quick ten minute drive to downtown Waltham.
  • 3 Hyatt House Boston/Waltham (former Hyatt Summerfield Suites), 54 Fourth Avenue, +1 781 290-0026. In the heart of the Route 128 corridor.
  • 4 Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Waltham, 420 Totten Pond Road, +1 781 890-0100. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. 148 guest rooms, café, lobby lounge, an indoor heated pool and exercise room.
  • 5 The Westin Waltham Boston, 70 Third Avenue, +1 781-290-5600. Check-in: 4PM, check-out: noon. 15 miles from downtown Boston and provides access to nearby corporate headquarters. This hotel has 346 guestrooms. Gym.

ConnectEdit

Go nextEdit

Waltham is at the start of the American Industry Tour, which goes on westwards to New York City and Chicago.

Routes through Waltham
PeabodyLexington  N    S  WestonCanton
WorcesterWeston  W   E  WatertownBoston
END  W   E  BelmontMedford
FitchburgWeston  NW   SE  BelmontBoston



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