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Waltham

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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.

Understand[edit]

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 in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Logan International Airport is the closest airport to Waltham; it is about 20 minutes east.

By car[edit]

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 4:30 and 6:30PM.

By train[edit]

There are several trains from Boston daily. Take the Fitchburg line from North Station on the MBTA Commuter Rail to the Waltham or Brandeis/Roberts stop. 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.

By bus[edit]

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(4:30 to 6:30).

Get around[edit]

By car[edit]

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, Lexington Street. During rush hour(4:30 to 6:30) 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 bus[edit]

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.

See[edit]

Do[edit]

  • Concerts On The Waltham Common, +1 781 893-2787. Summer only. Tu night concerts on the Waltham Common Tuesday evenings at 7:30PM. Free.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Landmark Embassy Theater, 16 Pine Street Waltham, MA 02453, +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.

Learn[edit]

  • Bentley College, 175 Forest St., +1 781-891-2000, [1].
  • Brandeis University, 415 South St., +1 781-736-3500, [2].

Buy[edit]

Waltham does not offer a lot of shopping.

  • Olympia Sport, 868 Lexington St., +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.

Eat[edit]

Moody Street

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

Budget[edit]

  • 99 restaurant, 110 South Street Waltham, MA 02453, +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.
  • Waltham India Market food court, 315 Moody Street (In basement of supermarket). Check out the curries.
  • Pizzi Farm, 549 Lincoln Street, +1 781 891-1032. Deli and market, great place for sandwiches, soup and ice cream.

Mid-range[edit]

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Charcoal Guido's, 482 Moody St., +1 781 373-2733. Good pasta dishes
  • Bertucci's, 475 Winter Street, +1 781 684-0650. Mediocre Italian food.

Splurge[edit]

  • 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.
  • La Campania, 504 Main Street Waltham, MA 02452., +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.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • Holiday Inn Express, 385 Winter Street, +1 781-890-2800, toll-free: +1-800-824-2538, fax: +1 781-890-1021. At exit 27 off of I-95 (Rt 128). 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.
  • The Westin Waltham, 70 Third Avenue, +1 781-290-5600. 15 miles from downtown Boston and provides access to nearby corporate headquarters. This hotel has 346 guestrooms. Gym.

Go next[edit]

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 I-95.svgMA Route 128.svg S  WestonCanton
WorcesterWeston  W US 20.svg E  WatertownBoston
END  W MA Route 60.svg E  BelmontMedford
FitchburgWeston  NW MBTA Fitchburg icon.png SE  BelmontBoston



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