Destination guide

History awaits in Waltham

Waltham is surrounded by the elegant estates of erstwhile American tycoons, and its important industrial past still oozes from every crack and crevice in its aged redbrick factories. It was here that the American watch and clock industry found its epicenter, and where the US labor movement gained momentum. These days, the town pulses with an edgy, student vibe. Waltham vacation rentals pepper lively nightlife strips like Moody Street, or pop up along the pretty banks of the Charles Riverwalk, all offering a glimpse at one of Massachusetts' enticing, lived-in backwater towns.

Things to do

Watches and regal estates in Waltham

While the hedonistic strips of Moody Street beckon in the evening, it would be timely to tick off the Waltham Watch Museum before you head off sipping craft beers and sake. It's there that you can trace the past of the industry that put this town on the map some centuries ago, and get a grip on how all those elegant mansions and estates managed to pop up on the outskirts of town. And talking of historic houses, the likes of Gore Place and the Lyman Estate are simply not to be missed.


Indulging in the Waltham vibes

Waltham has become something of a bohemian hub; a place fueled by the creative output of its resident students. Just take the vibes of Moody Street, where arthouse cinemas rub shoulders with sleepless cabaret bars and cutting-edge Japanese sushi-sake joints. Or, hit the Charles Riverwalk in the summer evenings to mingle with the locals and chat about the latest events in the long-running Concerts on Waltham Common festival. You can top that all off with a medley of orchestral performances, academic lectures, and National Historic Landmarks to wow the eye.


Avoid winter hibernation in Waltham

Like the rest of north-central Massachusetts, Waltham has cold winters and warm summers. Most travelers flock to the town for the latter, between June and August, when the al fresco beer bars of Moody Street and the green spaces of the riverside parks are packed with revelers. This is also the best time to survey the elegant mansion houses and their manicured grounds on the outskirts of the city. That said, springtime in May can also be a beautiful time to come, and has some truly wallet-friendly Waltham vacation rentals to boot.

Natural features

Survey Boston from Waltham's hills

It's possible to cast your gaze out as far as the sprawling city of Boston if you clamber to the tops of Prospect Hill Park on the north side of the city. Meanwhile, for a taste of the wilder side of Massachusetts, it's certainly worth looking for Waltham vacation rentals near the rolling wetlands and muddy mountain biking trails, the dense woods, and wriggling hiking tracks of the Beaver Brook North Reservation. There are also bird-spotting enclaves clutching the edge of the Charles River to the west.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Waltham

The nearest airport is in Bedford, MA (BED-Laurence G. Hanscom Field), located 5.6 mi (9.1 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.), which is 11.5 mi (18.6 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, make your way to Waltham Station or Waltham Brandeis-Roberts Station to see more of the city.

Can I find a vacation rental around Waltham?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,414 vacation rentals near Waltham. From 206 Houses to 1,106 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Waltham for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Waltham?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Waltham:

  • North End: 390 vacation rentals
  • Back Bay: 622 vacation rentals
  • Beacon Hill: 452 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 638 vacation rentals
  • South End: 695 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Waltham?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Waltham. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Brandeis University: 1,506 vacation rentals
  • Waltham Brandeis-Roberts Station: 1,467 vacation rentals
  • Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation: 1,525 vacation rentals
  • National Archives at Boston: 1,545 vacation rentals
  • Rose Art Museum: 1,475 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Waltham listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Waltham?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 206 Houses in Waltham. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Waltham include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,106 rentals available
  • Cottages: 2 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 28 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Waltham?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 80 vacation rentals with pool available in Waltham. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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