Waltham Information

Waltham is a historical Massachusetts city located along the banks of the Charles River. It was officially incorporated as a town in 1738 and currently has a population of approximately 58,000.

One of the most interesting places to visit is the Waltham Watch Company. It was founded in 1854 and operated until the mid 1900s. The factory designed an advanced machinery system that made them the first factory to use an assembly line for the mass production of watches, clocks and other precision instruments.

Another interesting place to visit is the Waltham Museum. It is rich in historical information about Waltham and its part in the industrial revolution. The museum contains a special room dedicated to the history of the Waltham Watch Factory along with a large display of the watches and other instruments it produced.

There are many historical buildings and estates to visit in Waltham including the Gore Place. The estate belonged to Governor Christopher Gore and is considered New England's most significant federal period mansion by architectural historians. It is beautifully kept up and includes a small farm with sheep, goats and poultry.

Along with the usual fast food places like McDonald's, Waltham is home to many fine restaurants. Excellent ethic restaurants include Chinese, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, and many others.

Visitors can stay in one of the many fine hotels located in Waltham including the Best Western, Courtyard by Marriott and Embassy Suites. Most of them are centrally located to give visitors easy access to theaters, art galleries, and other interesting places to visit. There are also bed and breakfasts in and around Waltham including the 1888 Guest Home. The home was built in 1888 in the Victorian style. It is a classic example of Victorian architecture of that era.

For visitors that enjoy the outdoors, there are several walking and biking paths, parks and canoe/kayak rentals in Waltham. The Prospect Hill Mountain Bike Trail offers cycling through lots of streams and wooded areas. The Charles River Canoe and Kayak offers canoe or kayak rental for use on the scenic Charles River.

Historical Waltham is a beautiful place to visit and has many varied activities for visitors to enjoy. From hiking along the Charles River to visiting the historic homes and factories, there is something for everyone to enjoy.