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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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Peaceful afternoon in nature

We took our tween grandsons here to experience a little of Thoreau's inspiration on a summer afternoon. The beach is very well maintained and is more of a small lake than a pond... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Susanne D
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Saint Louis, Missouri

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took our tween grandsons here to experience a little of Thoreau's inspiration on a summer afternoon. The beach is very well maintained and is more of a small lake than a pond. The trail around the water is very walkable and there is a marker where Thoreau lived. You can imagine the serenity he enjoyed. Although the beach was... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful place: well maintained, clean, not too crowded and just a fun historic place to explore. Bring your swimsuit in the summer to try out the each. Walk the circumphrance of the pond for the full experience! It was a special treat for our daughter who, like all high schoolers, has studied Thoreau. It was a pleasant... More 

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Thank Lynn L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can understand why Thoreau chose this place to live, write and philosophize. There is something truly lovely about the "pond" (lets be honest it's a lake) and it's a wonderful place to picnic and even swim! Summertime is wonderful if you'd like to take a dip in the lake. Fall is also wonderful because of the variance in colors... More 

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Vienna, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is pleasant enough for families with young children. Water a bit muddy relative to some of the Maine lakes that I swim in.. I was in this area for a family reunion the holiday weekend. We arrived at 7:30am for a distance swim, and as we were leaving, I was amazed to see that they had just closed the... More 

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Rockaway, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Coming from Northwest New Jersey with lots of lakes and ponds I was surprised by the clear blue/green water of Walden pond. The water temperature was also just right for a dip in a warm summer day. The beach rimming the entire pond was clean and well maintained. Clearly marked trails also rimmed the pond for those interested in enjoying... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Traveling from Georgia, my five students and I expected what we're used to, a muddy pond. But were we wrong! Walden Pond is beautiful and secluded. We walked from the train station (probably close to 2 miles) and then took the trails to the pond, the house site, and eventually the replica. The guide outside of the replica was friendly... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On my way to Acadia, I was oblivious to the fact that I would be passing by and made sure I would stop on the way back. We were able to pay a visit just in time because the park had temporarily closed the hour before we had arrived. The park has a maximum capacity limit and it could be... More 

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrived at 6:30 in the evening on a weekday in June in a small bus filled with teachers from MD. Wanted to walk down to the shore. Take a few pictures and depart. As we were paying for entry at the autopay, two guys rolled up in a golf cart and said that we could not come in. That they... More 

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Orlando
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Such a nice place to walk around and just listen and watch nature. Friendly people doing the same. It's just beautiful there....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to Walden on a Monday afternoon, bringing our kayak with us. The swimming is great and paddling around the pond was fun as well. There is not a lot of shade, but in the afternoon we were able to get a little over by the boat area. Because the water level is so much lower now, there is... More 

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