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The Magic of Lake Waban

Lake Waban, partially owned by Wellesley college, is a joy year round. Less than a two mile run or... read more

Reviewed February 12, 2019
Boston, Massachusetts
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Lake Waban

The address is wrong. The lake is actually inside Wellesley College. This is the correct address... read more

Reviewed February 9, 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

Lake Waban, partially owned by Wellesley college, is a joy year round. Less than a two mile run or leaisurely walk, it never fails to offer breathtaking sights, both on land and in the rippling waters. Perfect haven for photographes, runners of all ages, dog...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank indefinibile
Reviewed February 9, 2019 via mobile

The address is wrong. The lake is actually inside Wellesley College. This is the correct address: Wellesley College 106 central street . Wellesley, MA. 02481

Date of experience: February 2019
4  Thank Ma. D
Reviewed December 16, 2018 via mobile

Hiked around lake Waban which is my favorite hike in Wellesley. Beautiful with stately homes and majestic Wellesley College buildings abound. Although the path gets very narrow on the far end this 2.5 mile loop is a must. It can get busy with joggers walkers...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank CMarquet2018
Reviewed November 17, 2018

Great place to enjoy a couple miles of beautiful nature on a trail that encircles Lake Waban. Much of the trail is on Wellesley College property, which, in turn, is one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. You could easily walk, hike, or...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SDB-Viajero
Reviewed August 7, 2018

the 2.5-mile loop might seem off-limits to the uninitiated: there are no trespassing signs. But that just means you need to stay on the path, partly owned by Wellesley College and partly owned by a mega-wealthy local family. Great views of the college and the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Swellie
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Lake Waban (in the heart of the Wellesley College campus in Wellesley, MA) is a beautiful gem of a spot for a leisurely walk. No matter the season (spring, summer, autumn or winter), you can walk around this gorgeous lake and see nature in its...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Patrick R
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Lake Waban is a local gem, located on the Wellesley College Campus. A perfect location for a nice walk, alone or with a friend. Not sure exactly about the distance around the lake but it takes about an hour and a half to walk. There...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank MaryCir
Reviewed April 24, 2018

Lovely small lake on the Wellesley College Campus. Beautiful trail around the lake with benches for sitting and reflecting. Good for kayaks, canoes, and small sailboats.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Mort77
Reviewed March 3, 2018

The walk around Lake Waban takes about an hour and is really lovely. It is a bit difficult to find the trail but if you enter the Wellesley College campus from Route 16, park in the first parking lot on the right and then walk...More

Date of experience: October 2017
3  Thank sisu3
Reviewed January 29, 2018

We have been to Lake Waban many many times, since our daughter is a student at Wellesley. It is such a beautiful lake with so many special little spots around it. And so many people from town walk their dogs there!

Date of experience: October 2017
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July 31, 2018|
Response from MaryCir | Reviewed this property |
I’m sorry, I really don’t know the answer to that question. Although I think I’ve seen people on the water when I walked there. I moved the spring to North Carolina so I won’t be enjoying the lake myself anymore.
Susan M
June 9, 2018|
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Response from James C | Reviewed this property |
Nearly 3 miles.