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Address: 915 Walden Street, 28 Maplewood St Watertown, Concord, MA 01742
Phone Number: 978 369 3254
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Hiking, Swimming, Walking, Picnicking
Description: In order to preserve the natural environment, visitors are limited at this...
In order to preserve the natural environment, visitors are limited at this site, where Thoreau wrote his famous essays.
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I Went To Walden So I Could Visit Deliberately...

Such a refreshing experience. Once in the wood and away from streets and parking lots, you can step into Thoreau's boots and listen for what the wood is saying. There were lots... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Such a refreshing experience. Once in the wood and away from streets and parking lots, you can step into Thoreau's boots and listen for what the wood is saying. There were lots of families but there is a limit on the number of people admitted at any time which helps enormously. The place where Thoreau built his cabin is clearly... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Some visitors to Walden Pond are there to follow in the footsteps of Thoreau, but for many, it is the local swimming hole and fishing lake. Developing sandy beaches for swimming has changed Walden Pond from how it was in Thoreau's day. Vigorous stocking with game fish, especially rainbow trout, have enhanced its appeal to anglers. While Thoreau's Walden persists,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Great place to visit. Worth the drive from Boston. Loved the history, peaceful nature and the 1.7 mile walk around the pond.

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Lynn, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

What a gem, see a replica of Thoreau's cabin, then hike to the location of where it used to be. easy trails follow around the pond, with lots of hidden coves and places to swim. At the beach the waters are nice and warm. get there early. lots of history, continue on to downtown concord to see other sights

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Morristown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Walden Pond has nice walking trails. Can get crowded during the summer especially on weekend. There are swimming areas with lifeguards.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

A very nice place to visit, and have a walk. You can go see the site of Thoreau's cabin -- for some, perhaps, just a curiosity, however, to others, a place that clutches at their idealistic heart (and there's nothing wrong with that!). I've experienced some humorous and interesting things when encountering reactions of people to Walden Pond, as I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Waldron Pond started its life as a Kettle Pond toward the end of the last ice age. This 65 acre body of water, fed by springs, is among the cleanest in the state. It has several beaches that are popular throughout the summer. In 1830 the first rail line pushed west out of Boston and skirted Walden pond on it... More 

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Arlington, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I'm not sure what tourists expect when they visit Walden Pond. For me, it's a beautiful oasis and a gift to go for a swim after a stressful day at work. Walden pond is used by everyone - young and old, a wonderful cross section of people all swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking. The park service is building a new... More 

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Well, it certainly wasn't what I'd imagined from reading Thoreau. More a lake than a pond. Mobbed on a sunny weekend day. People swimming, despite our landlady's warning that high bacteria counts occasionally result in the pond's closure. A five-minute visit about took care of it for me.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The water is crystal clear. It was really busy and loud in the evening. We went back at 7am and enjoyed it much more; It was very peaceful and quiet.

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Address: 915 Walden Street, 28 Maplewood St Watertown, Concord, MA 01742
Phone Number: 978 369 3254
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Concord

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