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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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Palo Alto, California
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149 reviews 149 reviews
56 attraction reviews
439 helpful votes 439 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We’ve been to Walden Pond numerous times, mostly in the early 1970’s when we lived in the Boston Area. Now we live in California and rarely get back to the area. However, we did return to the area for a college reunion and decide to re-visit Walden. Well, other than a parking lot across the street that I didn’t recall,... More

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Lindenhurst, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Walden Pond is a beautiful place to visit. I went on a rainy day in October, so there weren't a lot of people there...which made the experience even more rewarding. The changing leaves were just so vibrant against the gray sky, and it was so beautiful. The walk around the pond is calm and peaceful. We took a very leisurely... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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233 reviews 233 reviews
101 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

If you are a fan of H. D. Thoreau, then visit Walden Pond. It's a beautiful lake, with nice walking trails. The souvenir shop is small and the staff seemed not to care about the people who walked in. The park service charges $5, which was excessive, since none of the other historic sites charged a fee to park. There... More

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Elizabeth City, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

There is a well maintained trail circling the pond. Beach access. Great shop for books. But there is a $10 out of state admission charge....

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Phoenix, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We went with friends on a Memorial Day Weekend with beautiful clouds. The walk around the pond was inspiring and the views of the clouds on and over the pond were wonderful. Bring your camera and we hope you are as lucky we were. A picture entitled "A Calm Day With Beautiful Clouds" is attached.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

Living near Walden Pond for more than 30 years, I had never taken the time to enjoy this beautiful place. We took a lovely walk around the pond to enjoy its beauty. Even though there were other people there, I found the area to be peaceful as it is big enough for one to find their own space to enjoy.... More

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Stratford, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Get it? That was a pun. You know. Henry David Thoreau. Thorough. Like, mad thorough, yo. Great place for hiking for everyone in the sense, its super pretty and most trails seem pretty flat and easy to hike. No cliffs or dragons. Seeing Henry Thoreau's cabin site was really interesting to see. There are still stones where his fireplace was.... More

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Centennial, Colorado, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
19 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Waldon Pond is a state reserve park just south of Concord Massachusetts. The facilities are set up for day use and feature a swimming beach and hiking trails. The park is popular and parking is limited. There is a modest fee to park. Look for the replica of Thoreau's cabin next to the parking area. The original cabin site is... More

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I am not a Thoreau scholar by any means, but when we noticed that Walden Pond was near the hotel where we were staying, we figured it would be an interesting place to visit. Was definitely surprised to see the big beach and all the swimmers, even later in the day. It is still a beautiful spot, and the walk... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

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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