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Watertown, MA, USA

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A place to make your base in Boston

The site of one of the earliest English settlements in the New World, Watertown is welcoming community in the Greater Boston area. With its proud American Revolutionary War history and large Armenian population, Watertown is a draw for history buffs and culture vultures. The neighborhood vibe, local shops and restaurants, and plenty of family-friendly activities there are many reasons to choose to stay in one of the Watertown vacation rentals, while the area also makes an ideal base for exploring the iconic sights and attractions of Boston and Cambridge – not least Harvard and MIT.

Discover historic Watertown

Watertown's most famous landmark is probably Mount Auburn, America's first landscaped cemetery and a National Historic Landmark. It marks the boundary of Watertown and Cambridge, and visitors are welcome to walk the tranquil avenues, arboretum, and nature paths. You'll also encounter many historic buildings as you walk around this charming town. To the south of Watertown, the Charles River meanders towards Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay. Beside its banks, walkers and cyclists can pick up the Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path, a long riverside greenway which connects Galen Street in Watertown with the Museum of Science in Boston.

Explore Massachusetts from Watertown

Downtown Boston can be reached in less than half an hour from Watertown, so choosing a Watertown vacation rental is convenient for the many duck tours, sightseeing tours, and cultural attractions of Boston. If you're staying at your Watertown vacation rental with kids, don't miss the Boston Children's Museum or the the riveting Revolutionary War experience on the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Art lovers are spoiled for also choice: the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Isabella Stewart Gardner museum are all waiting to beguile you in the city.

Watertown through the seasons

New England is famed for its autumnal color and there is no doubting that fall is a wonderful time to visit the Boston area. As winter approaches, temperatures plummet and snow is not uncommon – making for an atmospheric winter sojourn at any Watertown vacation rental. Spring and summer are equally pleasant times to visit, with the riverside locations and green spaces very pleasant to explore in the sunshine. The summer months are also the perfect time to charter a boat and set sail across Boston Harbor – or take a tour on a classic schooner.

Get outdoors in Watertown

As well as the Watertown Armory Park, and Boston Commons in downtown Boston, Franklin Park is a ravishing green space worth visiting. The great country park sprawls for hundreds of acres, and has a golf course, sports facilities, a lake, picnic areas, old stone ruins, and large forested areas. As well as being the site of Schoolmaster Hill, where Ralph Waldo Emerson once resided, it is also home to the Franklin Park zoo. The zoo draws visitors from across the Greater Boston area and exhibits include lions, tigers, gorillas, and other exotic animals from around the world.