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“History, swimming, walking path” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Walden Pond

Walden Pond
915 Walden Street, 28 Maplewood St Watertown, Concord, MA 01742
978 369 3254
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Ranked #5 of 18 attractions in Concord
Type: Bodies of Water, Historic Sites, State Parks
Activities: Walking, Picnicking, Hiking, Swimming
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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.
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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“History, swimming, walking path”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

'Visit site of Thoreau's cabin and replica of it near parking lot. Walk around the pond with lovely views. It is a state reservation and Seniors can get a pass that gives free entry for a lifetime to state parks. This is a family place as well as great just to enjoy alone.

Visited August 2012
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Portland, Maine
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“One Pond Preserved if Not Quite Revered”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

This 60-acre glacier-created pond on MA 126 is used as a local swimmer’s hole at a seasonally open sandy beach just downhill from the highway. It’s famous for being where Thoreau lived for a time; a replica of his cabin was on-site. Even with a fringe of colorful fall foliage, the pond was itself unremarkable except for being part of a 250-acre state reservation and a national historical landmark. Trails and paths ringed its circumference. A parking lot was located across MA 126. Daily parking was $5. Highway shoulder parking was illegal. All the typical park amenities were available on-site. We were delighted to know the pond is preserved, but we wouldn’t go out of our way to see it again.

Visited October 2012
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Cambridge, MA
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“A nice swimming pond in a lovely setting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

It's not a secluded small spot - no mistake, it's fairly big and can get crowded, but parking limitations prevent overcrowding and if you are willing to walk further around the pond you can usually find your own spot to set down your blanket and novel.

I like that you can swim from any spot and you can go out as far as you like, there are always swimmers doing laps across the entire pond - a very long swim!

The water can get warm and a little boggy in the late summer but it is monitored. During weekends and hot summer days the parking lot will fill up at prime time, so I tend to go late in the afternoon on weekdays for a swim. Be aware that traffic on Rt 2 does bog down at rush hour.

IT is a nice un-commercial place to relax and swim.

Visited July 2012
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Adrian, Michigan
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“Great Site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

This was a place that was well worth visiting. The tranquility was evident from the outset. The various landmarks at the site tell a great story and give Thoreau's writings a different dimension.

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Westford, Massachusetts
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“worth an afternoon to walk around”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

It's been a while since I went, but it was worth it.
A bit of history, a bit of relaxation.
DON'T go on the weekend, almost too busy.

Visited October 2012
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