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Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Watertown

The nearest airport is in Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.), located 8.1 mi (13 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Bedford, MA (BED-Laurence G. Hanscom Field), which is 8.6 mi (13.8 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Watertown, MA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 741 vacation rentals around Watertown. From 65 house rentals to 601 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

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

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 Watertown:

  • Beacon Hill: 301 vacation rentals
  • Shawmut: 159 vacation rentals
  • Prudential / St. Botolph: 167 vacation rentals
  • Thompson Square / Bunker Hill: 62 vacation rentals
  • Back Bay: 398 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Watertown?

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

  • Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA): 1,049 vacation rentals
  • New Repertory Theatre: 1,077 vacation rentals
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace: 1,032 vacation rentals
  • Boston Convention and Exhibition Center: 1,040 vacation rentals
  • Boston Common: 1,029 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Watertown listed on Vrbo 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 Watertown?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 65 Houses in Watertown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Watertown include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 601 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 11 rentals available
  • Studios: 567 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Watertown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 26 vacation rentals with pool available in Watertown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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