The Top Things to Do and See in Waltham, Massachusetts

Today, Gore Place is a museum hosting events, walking tours and much more
Today, Gore Place is a museum hosting events, walking tours and much more | © LEE SNIDER / Alamy Stock Photo
Natalie Guerrero

Waltham is one of Massachusetts’s hidden treasures, with something for people of all ages. While it’s historically significant, it also has a fun, hip vibe to it. Find out the top 10 things to see and do in this quaint town.

Embassy Cinema

Why not take a break from the mainstream, and go to the Embassy Cinema for a different moviegoer experience. Rather than showing Hollywood blockbusters, this theater screens eclectic, indie and foreign films. Who knows? You may find your new favorite flick here.

Gore Place

With roots going back to the 17th century, Gore Place is a historic country estate that is now a museum. This beautiful 50-acre (20ha) property offers educational programs, a full calendar of events, including a farm stand and outdoor concerts, and walking tours.

Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation

The Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation celebrates the United States’ industrial history along with its innovative future. With artefacts, such as a Victorian phone booth, documents, films and much more, its collection will inspire visitors of all ages.

Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate

This estate-turned-museum was the home of social reformer Robert Treat Paine and his family. Stonehurst is an architectural masterpiece designed by Henry Hobson Richardson, and its gardens by Frederick Law Olmsted (of NYC’s Central Park fame) are stunning. In addition to learning about a crucial piece of Massachusetts history, you can also explore the acres of land surrounding the property.

Rose Art Museum

The Rose Art Museum houses Brandeis University’s collection of contemporary art. Its world-class collection has more than 8,000 pieces from artists such as Willem de Kooning, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Bruce Conner. In addition to exhibitions, the museum also hosts performances and other events.

Prospect Hill Park

When in Waltham, the 252-acre (102ha) Prospect Hill Park is a must-visit, either with your family or on your own. It features several park trails and outstanding views of the surrounding area and is a great spot for a game of catch or football, a picnic and more.


Opened in 2008, Joco’s is an Irish-American pub and restaurant. It serves pub-style fare and has an impressive beer selection, cocktails and wines. Along with live-music performances throughout the week, it also hosts other events, such as musical bingo.

Spingold Theater Center

The Brandeis Department of Theater Arts is committed to forming a new generation of theater artists and musicians. Visit the Spingold Theater Center on campus to catch a show from one of the country’s best university theater programs. You will not be disappointed.

Concert on Waltham Common

During the summer months, the Waltham Arts Council hosts concerts on the Waltham Common. So, take your whole family to see your favorite artist jamming out and enjoy the beautiful weather.

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant

Visit Margaritas for some flavorful Mexican food and drinks, including tacos, enchiladas, margaritas and more. Depending on the night you visit, you may find exciting events, such as trivia or karaoke nights, making for a fun and relaxed night out with friends or family.

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