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Walden Pond

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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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Beautiful Pond

Beautiful Pond and reservation. Great for swimmers I guess as we saw some in the water while it was still cold. They have a big parking lot under the trees shadow, a nice organic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Beautiful Pond and reservation. Great for swimmers I guess as we saw some in the water while it was still cold. They have a big parking lot under the trees shadow, a nice organic and clean bathroom and trails. The Pond was beautiful and clean, super peaceful. This was a Monday. My only advice is go there off season or... More 

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Albion, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We started out with a tour guide at the replica of Thoreau's little cabin & the bronze statue where she told us the history of Thoreau's stay at the "pond." She then took us to the original site of the cabin and gave more history. We were then left to explore the paths and pond on our own. Our group... More 

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Urbana, Ohio
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This is definitely a place to come early before the traffic back up. Next to the parking lot there is a replica of Thoreau's cabin but it's worth the short hike around the pond to see the site of his original cabin. Beware though--it's difficult to completely lose yourself in nature because this area is quite busy and the sound... More 

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Campton, New Hampshire
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

A must visit. Pictures don't do it because of its small gentle size. You can walk around the pond in an hour or so. The railroad abuts it which it has done since the 19th century. Each member of my family has made a pilgrimage here from my Minnesota to Ontario grandparents; brother; mother; father; and in groups. Lovely swimming.... More 

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Rochester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Replica of Thoreau's cabin conveniently located. Minimal interpretive aids. Hiking trails to original cabin site are moderately challenging. Public beach on Walden Pond near cabin site. Significant parking fee for out-of-state cars.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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7 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This place is pristine, very well kept. Bathrooms located by the first aid building are not open yet, but there's a building in the parking lot with facilities. Arrived at 9am and left at 2:30pm (it was 86 degrees and I was getting scorched!). There was a line of cars going in for the afternoon. It cost me $8 but... More 

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Coupled this with a visit to Lexington and Concord. Easy to do all in one day. My first impression was that it was too large to be a pond but too small to be a lake. We walked the entire perimeter of the pond and it was a nice leisurely mini-hike. You can easily get lost in your thoughts and... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We didn't explore the entire area, just parked and went straight to the actual pond. The beach was crowded and this was in October. I can only imagine the crowds during the summer. But we walked around the edge of the pond and that was a very pleasant walk. The pond is gorgeous. Crystal clear and surrounded by trees.

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Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I absolutely hated reading Walden in high school, but when we noticed it on the map, we had to see if it was really all that good, and it was! The walking path gave great views around the pond. The water was crystal clear and you could see the bottom! The remaining elements of the old cabin remain and people... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Its nice place especially in summers. Lots of trees. Kids had great fun in swimming.Only not good , when there is too much humid, due to area gets smell. Otherwise, nice trails and of course again and again visiting this place rejuvenate you.

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