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Walden Pond

915 Walden Street, 28 Maplewood St Watertown, Concord, MA 01742
978 369 3254
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Ranked #5 of 13 Attractions in Concord
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, State Parks, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Picnicking, Hiking, Walking, Swimming
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: In order to preserve the natural environment, visitors are limited at this site, where Thoreau...
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Type: Historic Sites, State Parks, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Picnicking, Hiking, Walking, Swimming
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: In order to preserve the natural environment, visitors are limited at this site, where Thoreau wrote his famous essays.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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84 reviews 84 reviews
37 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I am a HUGE Thoreau buff and let me tell you. It was an amazing experience to see where he lived and the pond we spoke so highly off. The sight is amazing, it's almost as if he is still here, beckoning you to come and join him in his love of the outdoors. I never saw any sign of... More 

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Carlisle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Walden Pond is a nice swimming area. You have to pay to park, but not to use the beach. There is a hiking trail all the way around the pond. There are many areas where you can swim besides the main beach, so if you want more seclusion it's available. The Thoreau cabin is an interesting place to visit. It's... More 

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Moorpark, California
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240 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond from 1845-47 and was inspired to write "Walden." He wished to live 'deliberately.' What a spectacular thought! He didn't want to approach his death, discovering he hadn't lived. Wise words for all of us. We were both surprised to find that Walden Pond was much larger than either of us expected. It's incredibly... More 

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Sudbury, Massachusetts
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Icon New England spot. I'd suggest going when in the Fall or Spring, or late on a summer day. Take a hike around the pond, and find a spot on the other side of the pond to relax, away from the crowds.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It's a historical location and now run by the MA state parks organization, you now must pay for parking, just like the national parks.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Yes, I went. Actually by accident very early one morning on the way to something else. Its lovely but so incredibly beaten down. The poor shoreline has been abused by all our feet-mine included. I also learned that as this is a "kettle pond" the water gets very polluted from all the swimmers. Seems to me that at the very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I would definitely recommend a walk around here! It's such a beautiful, quiet place, and the scenery is amazing.

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delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We visited Walden Pond on a Fall day. The pond is a lovely site. We first parked and visited a replica of Thoreau's cabin adjacent to the parking lot. A Thoreau actor was answering questions to a school group. It was interesting to hear some of his perspective. I would recommend getting his full presentation if possible. We took a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Being as I was staying in Concord with friends, this was a nice place to go for a gorgeous walk with my puppy. You can even see the site where Thoreau's cottage supposedly stood. I love Concord, it is a special town.

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Warren, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Walden Pond is one of those places that I have often thought of visiting, yet I have never been there - until a few weeks ago when I spent some time visiting the literary landmarks of Concord. The place is not only a monument to Henry David Thoreau, who lived and worked here, but also serves as a recreational park... More 

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