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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: Picnicking, Hiking, Walking, Swimming
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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Walden Pond for summer fun

Great spot for swimming, easy hiking, and picnics. It gets crowded on a summer Sunday so go early - they do close the park when it reaches capacity. Don't forget to bring a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Great spot for swimming, easy hiking, and picnics. It gets crowded on a summer Sunday so go early - they do close the park when it reaches capacity. Don't forget to bring a stone to lay at the site of Thoreau's house

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Beautiful Summer bike ride to a slice of history and great reward of a dip in Walden Pond. Best way to visit is on bike. Parking will not be a problem if you bring your bike and a lock. and if it is temporarily closed you can hang out on the grass until you can go in. So bring a... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We stop hear often when traveling north to Maine or New Hampshire. Its a nice park and a great place pack a lunch, take a hike or sleep under the canopy of trees.

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Idaho
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

The pond is no longer a place of reflection, but is now mostly a swimming spot. The walk is nice but noisy from swimmers and it really wasn't worth the $8 it cost us to park to see it.

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Banks, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I was here on a trip and found myself walking around the pond pretty early in the morning. It was very enjoyable and relaxing. The fall colors were in full force and I was able to take some nice pictures.

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Northern Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Tried to take wife to Walden Pond, but it was closed & hidden on a Saturday mid-day behind a high metal fence & vegetation/trees. Go in winter! Park administration limits number of cars/visitors so it is really difficult, near impossible, to plan a visit during the summer season. We drove all the way from Virginia & really had no opportunity... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I love visiting Walden Pond, but if you are going for the history, be aware that people do use it as a normal recreation lake. I just take the path around the permitter when I visit, but you can bring bathing suit and go swimming too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I hadn't realized that Walden Pond was such a lovely site! Was there on a Sunday and there were lots of families out swimming and sunning themselves, and the pond itself looked like a postcard. I'd recommend visiting it the way we did, by taking the Emerson-Thoreau Amble, an easy walk from the Emerson house to Walden Pond, and then... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Depending upon when you come, you may not gain a true sense of how special a place Walden Pond is. The lake can seem more like a swimming pool...the town a typical tourist destination. Crowds will swarm here in certain seasons, guide books in hand, a quizzical expression pursing the lips of one spouse while the other attempts to explain... More 

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Haddam, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We visited on a mild September day. Apparently this is a popular spot for long-distance swimming. A trail leads along the eastern edge of the pond to the former site of Thoreau's home on the pond. Even if not authentic, it would be nice to have the State build a cottage or house on the site, or even just line... More 

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