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Waltham Local History

Founded in 1636, Waltham is located in eastern Massachusetts and is a western suburb of Boston. In 1738 it was incorporated into a town and declared a city in 1884.

Historically it is best known as the home of the Waltham Watch Factory, a pioneer company of the Industrial Revolution.

Waltham Attractions

Waltham Shopping

Pier I Imports 29 White Street Filled with gifts and stationery from around the world, it's a lovely shop to visit if only to browse.

Niketown 200 Newbury Street The name says it all. This is the source of the great Nike empire.

Agnes b 172 Newbury Street - For chic and prestigious French fashion, you'll find it all here. From handbags to underwear made only as the French can, this is not the place to visit if you're watching the wallet.

Waltham Activities

Charles River Museum of Industry - 154 Moody Street Children, as well as the mums and dads, will find this museum a fascinating place. It houses early machinery from the local automobile, textile, watch and clock industries.

Longfellow National Historic Site 105 Brattle Street - The poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived in the Georgian house until his death in 1882. Previously it had been General Washington's headquarters during the siege of Boston during the Revolution. Filled with fascinating memorabilia, this lovely home will keep you enthralled for hours.

Danger Planet Games and Hobbies 36 Spruce Street One could spend hours in this amazing toy shop with the kids. Don't take too much money with you as you may just spend it.

Waltham Parks & Gardens

Lyman House - The house built in 1793 is closed to the public, but the beautiful gardens can be visited. There are also three spectacular greenhouses on the estate, which are well worth the visit.

Drumlin Farm Education Centre and Wildlife Sanctuary The center offers a chance to see domesticated farm animals and untamed wildlife on its 230 acre site.

Longfellow National Historic Site - After visiting the museum, stroll through the 2 acres of formal landscaped gardens and if you are fortunate enough to be visiting from mid-June, attend one of the garden concerts held every Sunday during the summer.

Waltham Restaurants and Bars

Being fairly near to the coast, the people of Waltham are seafood eaters.

Waltham Restaurants

Vinny T's 1700 Beacon St. A favourite eating place for families and hungry tourists, where huge portions of wonderful Italian dishes are served.

Vidalia's Truck Stop - 13 Central St. - This friendly dinery serves gooey grilled cheeses and creamy milkshakes in almost any flavour the heart desires.

Tir na n Og 366 Somerville Ave. Lively and very popular this Irish Pub serves up really good grub and the portions aren't to shabby either.

Waltham Bars & Clubs

Lizard Lounge 1667 Massachusetts Ave. This underground club with its eclectic sounds and outrageous live music, makes this place a real hit.

Wally's Cafe 427 Massachusetts Ave. Laid-back and casual, the music is good and the vibe, relaxed.

Harpers Ferry 156 Brighton Ave. If the blues are what you're after, this club has been rated the best in Massachusetts.

Paradise Rock Club 969 Commonwealth Ave. - As the name implies, this club is heaven for the die hard rock fans in an informal setting.

Waltham children's activities

Charles River Museum of Industry - 154 Moody Street Children, as well as the mums and dads, will find this museum a fascinating place. It houses early machinery from the local automobile, textile, watch and clock industries.

Longfellow National Historic Site 105 Brattle Street - The poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived in the Georgian house until his death in 1882. Previously it had been General Washington's headquarters during the siege of Boston during the Revolution. Filled with fascinating memorabilia, this lovely home will keep you enthralled for hours.

Danger Planet Games and Hobbies 36 Spruce Street One could spend hours in this amazing toy shop with the kids. Don't take too much money with you as you may just spend it.

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