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Walden Pond

915 Walden Street, 28 Maplewood St Watertown, Concord, MA 01742
978 369 3254
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As featured in Daytrips from Boston
Ranked #5 of 18 attractions in Concord
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bodies of Water, Historic Sites, State Parks
Activities: Walking, Picnicking, Hiking, Swimming
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: In order to preserve the natural environment, visitors are limited at this site, where Thoreau wrote his famous essays.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Walden pond is a fixture with locals and families with young children that combines a well-marked and guarded area for splashing about with the unconstrained opportunity for long swims across the deep pond. The key potential source of frustration - and the reason for only 4 stars - is that the Massachusetts park rangers who run the place tend to... More

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Mission Viejo, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We were in Concord and had to search to find the pond. It was not really in the town of Concord. When we were just about to skip it, we found the sign along the highway. It was sunset and all the beauty was there. Loved it! It is actually a beach and picnic area. Although there is no fee... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Most of the pond is a crowded, noisy public beach. The paths are narrow and bordered by steel fence posts with wire between - almost looks like barbed wire! Not at all what I had expected.

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Bradenton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I must confess I haven't read Thoreau's writings - yet. Most of what I knew came from the comic strip "Doonesbury". I could imagine that if you came to be inspired by Thoreau I would recommend not visiting it on a weekend in the summer. It got very busy, very quickly. But we did enjoy being outside on our hike... More

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Lincoln, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

My 10 yr old really enjoyed the swimming in the lifeguard monitored area and playing on the beach. My wife made her longest ever open water swim to the other side of the pond (it's a very large pond...) We were the in June, and it was already getting busy. I understand later in summer it can become very crowded.... More

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The book Walden Pond is so beautifully lyrical and full of philosophic insights, and visiting this place was amazing for me. It is about a 30 minute walk to get to the site of the house. There is a trail map across the street from the lake, and it is pretty easy to find if you stay on the path... More

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Tampa, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I have to say that Walden Pond is better left in my minds eye, for the reality is the opposite of the expectation. One of the books that framed my outlook on life was Walden: (Or Life in the Woods) and the imagery I created of Life at Walden Pond based on Thoreau's writing is so much better than what... More

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I had always wanted to see Walden Pond, having read Thoreau many years ago. I was pleased and surprised by the cleanliness of the water...I walked around the pond and swam at the far end, near his original cabin, rather than at the noisy beach filled with happy children. There are lots of small fish and the pond (really a... More

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Ogden, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

My husband and I went on an early Monday morning. Very serene and beautiful. We took a swim (the water is so clear!), a short hike, saw Thoreau's cabin replica, and taunted some wild turkeys. It was a fabulous way to spend the morning! I'd read it can get overrun with tourists, but there were only a handful of people... More

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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I have read Thoreau's book more times that I can remember so visiting Walden's Pond was more of a pilgrimage than anything else. Granted signs of civilization encroached on my fantasies about what it was like when Thoreau lived there, but it was still a worthwhile trip. Definitely go early before the crowds of swimmers, hikers, and kayakers descend on... More

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