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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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Stratford, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 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
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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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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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16 reviews 16 reviews
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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
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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