What to do and see in Watertown, United States: The Best Places and Tips

October 28, 2017 Alice Mieles

The Town of Watertown is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. It is part of the Greater Boston area. The population was 31,915 at the 2010 census. Watertown is one of fourteen Massachusetts municipalities that have applied for, and been granted, city forms of government but wish to retain "The town of" in their official names.
Restaurants in Watertown

1. Mount Auburn Cemetery

580 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138-5529 +1 617-547-7105
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5 based on 541 reviews

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Mount Auburn Cemetery was founded in 1831 as America's first landscaped cemetery. A National Historic Landmark, its renowned landscape inspired the creation of the nation's public parks. Mount Auburn was designated an Important Bird Area by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, reinforcing its status as a significant wildlife sanctuary. Still an active burial place, Mount Auburn Cemetery provides comfort and solace to countless families. The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery was established in 1986 to assist in the conservation of the Cemetery's natural beauty and to promote the appreciation of its cultural, historic, and natural resources. Over 100 public programs are offered annually by the Friends to educate, enrich, and inspire the community. The Friends seeks financial support for education and interpretive programs and materials for the public, specific cultural projects, and operational support for horticultural rejuvenation and the preservation of the historic monuments, structures, and archival artifacts and records.

Reviewed By Callisto S - S. Natick, MA

Went during the Spring during the warbler migration and had some luck spotting various warblers, orioles, hawks and other birds! The variety of plantings around the differently landscaped grave areas give the feel of different environmental “rooms.” So beautiful!

2. Fenway Park

4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215-3409 +1 617-267-1700
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Fenway Park

Hallowed ground to baseball purists, this cozy, quirky park has been the Boston Red Sox home field since 1912. The most distinctive feature of this classic baseball park is the 37-foot-tall left field wall, known as the "Green Monster."

Reviewed By burnboy - Sunrise, Florida

Fenway is one of the greatest places to see baseball how it is meant to be. Hot (or Cold) but close to the players and with an atmosphere unlike any modern stadium. Food isn't that great but that isn't why you come here.

3. Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA)

65 Main St, Watertown Square, Watertown, MA 02472-4400 +1 617-926-2562
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5 based on 25 reviews

Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA)

Reviewed By Carolyn4evr - Belmont, Massachusetts

So much history beautifully displayed and preserved - so much to read - so much to learn. The vast collection has over 20,000 artifacts, comprised of coins, textiles, rugs, books, etc... There are ongoing exhibits, diverse educational programs offered, concerts and you can schedule private tours and events. The gift shop is lovely too. Check the website for hours. Minimal fees: adult $7, students/seniors are $3, children under 12 are free. Metered parking is behind the building in a large public lot.

I am also happy that they have accepted many of my families treasured items to preserve and display in their collection. We never want to forget!

4. Davis Square

Somerville, MA
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4.5 based on 186 reviews

Davis Square

Reviewed By CTTraveler56 - Greenwich, Connecticut

Nice spot in Somerville, but beware of the crowd.
Being so close to Tufts University, it gets impossible to dine in the area restaurants if you do not have a reservation (some do not accept reservation), especially on week ends.
Convenient Subway to Cambridge & Boston.

5. Coolidge Corner Theater

290 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446-2917 +1 617-734-2501
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4.5 based on 188 reviews

Coolidge Corner Theater

Reviewed By TravelinFamilyBoston - Boston

Just love this theater!

Comfortable seats, reasonable ticket prices, buy in advance option. Small place, with 3 screens of very different sizes (phone to see where your movie is showing if you care). Cute old-timey ads and announcements. Beer and wine in the lobby.

Eclectic movie selection.

6. Freedom Trail

Boston, MA 02109 +1 617-357-8300
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Freedom Trail

The red line on the sidewalk leads you on this 2.5-mile, self-guided tour of American Revolution sites. It starts at the Boston Common, America's oldest public park, and ends at the famed Bunker Hill Monument.

Reviewed By davidedwardscafc - Rochester, United Kingdom

There are guides that will take you on the Freedom Trail from the Tourist Office in Boston Common. For a worthwhile tour avail yourself of the knowledge of the local tour guide. The experience will be so much more worthwhile. Fascinating explanations behind the actions of the patriots

7. Harvard Art Museums

32 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138-3804 +1 617-495-9400
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4.5 based on 363 reviews

Harvard Art Museums

The Harvard Art Museums house one of the largest and most renowned art collections in the United States, and are comprised of three museums (the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Arthur M. Sackler Museums) and four research centers (the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art, the Harvard Art Museums Archives, and the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis). The Fogg Museum includes Western art from the Middle Ages to the present; the Busch-Reisinger Museum, unique among North American museums, is dedicated to the study of all modes and periods of art from central and northern Europe, with an emphasis on German-speaking countries; and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum is focused on Asian art, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern art, and Islamic and later Indian art. Together, the collections include approximately 250,000 objects in all media. The Harvard Art Museums are distinguished by the range and depth of their collections, their groundbreaking exhibitions, and the original research of their staff. Integral to Harvard University and the wider community, the museums and research centers serve as resources for students, scholars, and the public. For more than a century they have been the nation’s premier training ground for museum professionals and are renowned for their seminal role in developing the discipline of art history in the United States. The Harvard Art Museums have a rich tradition of considering the history of objects as an integral part of the teaching and study of art history, focusing on conservation and preservation concerns as well as technical studies. The Harvard Art Museums’ 2014 renovation and expansion carried on the legacies of the three museums and united their remarkable collections under one roof for the first time. Renzo Piano Building Workshop preserved the Fogg Museum’s landmark 1927 facility, while transforming the space to accommodate 21st-century needs. The museums now feature 40 percent more gallery space, an expanded Art Study Center, conservation labs, and classrooms, and a striking glass roof that bridges the facility’s historic and contemporary architecture. The three constituent museums retain their distinct identities in the facility, yet their close proximity provides exciting opportunities to experience works of art in a broader context.

Reviewed By Angelo S - Hilliard, Ohio

I was very surprised to see such an extensive collection of ancient pottery within this art museum. The museum itself is very large, with significant amounts of space to move around and some really great works (self portrait of Van Gough, full portrait of Washington, works by Picasso and Monet). For me the pottery was the most interesting and I spend a significant amount of time in that area and the space dedicated to Mediterranean and Near Eastern Art.

8. Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation

154 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453-5302 +1 781-893-5410
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation

Houses early machinery for the local automobile, textile and watch- and clock-making industries.

Reviewed By Mark J

This industrial museum in the city of Waltham is the birthplace and founder of the industrial revolution as we know it.their old cars motorcycles machinery in all of the wonderful industrial revolution aged equipment. A great place for families to visit.

9. John F. Kennedy National Historic Site

83 Beals St, Brookline, MA 02446-6010 +1 617-566-7937
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4.5 based on 179 reviews

John F. Kennedy National Historic Site

Reviewed By JimSTL1021 - Saint Louis, Missouri

We visited the Kennedy Birthplace and NHS to increase our historic understanding of the family's early years. The home is in great condition and nicely furnished with authentic antiques. The NPS tour guide provides an excellent overview of both the family history as well as the significance of each of the rooms. This place is an easy walk from the Brookline subway stop at St. Paul Street along Beacon Street. well worth a visit!.

10. Wilson Farm

10 Pleasant St, Lexington, MA 02421-6042 +1 781-862-3900
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4.5 based on 159 reviews

Wilson Farm

Reviewed By ams44 - New Jersey

A large farmer's market with an excellent variety of fruits and vegetables plus plants, and other foodstuff. Huge selection, fruit is screened as it is being put on display, prices fairly reasonable, and they were setting up an elaborate Halloween straw maze for kids as of 10/25/17. Worth a visit if nearby.

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