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Walden Pond State Reservation

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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
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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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Spiritually meaningful pilgrimage and local swim hole

Thoreau, the first hippie revolutionary found sanctuary here and you can too. Though the water level has become disturbing low the past five years, this is a magical place over... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
windbuddha
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Concord, Massachusetts

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Concord, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Thoreau, the first hippie revolutionary found sanctuary here and you can too. Though the water level has become disturbing low the past five years, this is a magical place over run with tourists in the summer but it's beauty is unable to be destroyed. Go on the back trails, walk the water edge winter alone, swim its length, this palve... More 

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Belmont, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Walden Pond is a beautiful oasis to visit, hike, swim and picnic. In the summer it gets a bit busy and the parking lot will close due to no more parking spaces available.The waters are clear and warm, perfect for a lake swim. Swimming and rest rooms are available at the public beach with life guards or anywhere else around... More 

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

OK, this is a place not to miss but the parking does fill up, so get there early on a hot summer day. Nice to bring a canoe to. Nice walks. The beach gets way too crowded in summer. Nice at sunset!

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Weston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

the walk around the pond is wonderful - great swimming in the summer love going here if in the area a must visit

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Stow, Massachusetts
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great for an easy walk, a swim in warm weather, and to browse an excellent gift shop. Not as quiet or remote as in mThoreau's day but still a lovely place.

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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Here you can visit a replica of Thoreau's cabin and, if you walk around the pond, the original site of his cabin. Watch out for ice on the trails.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I go swimming here almost every day in the summer, so here's what you need to know: If you want to visit on a hot day in peak swim season (mid-June to Labor Day weekend), come early on weekends or don't come at all. Once the parking lot closes, it will not reopen for several hours, and there is nowhere... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent an afternoon swimming, kayaking, and hiking at Walden Pond. The hiking route around the pond took me about an hour with a stop to see Henry David Thoreau's cabin site. There are bathrooms and changing rooms near the beach.

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Stow, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place for kids to swim, easy to walk around the entire pond, visit a replica of Thoreau's house, bring a picnic lunch, and....there are bathrooms

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walking around Walden Pond, and picknicking on its shore was a highlight of our New England trip. Natural beauty and serenity at every turn. We regretted not bringing our bathing suits, as the water looked so inviting.

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