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Walden Pond State Reservation

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Address: 915 Walden St, 28 Maplewood St Watertown, Concord, MA 01742-4511
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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A gentle walk in the park

A lovely gentle walk around a Great Lake, watching cold water swimmers and fishermen. A gentle stroll to the site where Henry David Thoreau philosopher began his works. Cute... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Letchworth, England, United Kingdom
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Letchworth, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A lovely gentle walk around a Great Lake, watching cold water swimmers and fishermen. A gentle stroll to the site where Henry David Thoreau philosopher began his works. Cute little replicated cabin near decent car park- note 18$ to park for the day. However a good picnic day out unless you travel to nearby Concord Colonial Inn for a warm... More 

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Boylston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A visit to Walden Pond is very worthwhile. You get an opportunity to view the large pond where Thoreau did many of his writings. We visited the attraction in late September and a few people were swimming in the pond. I believe you can walk around the entire pond if you want to. Definitely worth a visit.

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Thank Les F
United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Consider carefully before you attempt to visit this pond. On the day we went, it turned out to be closed until 2 pm due to construction on a new visitor center. When we finally stopped by later in the afternoon, the place was packed—hard to find parking, etc. Our main reason for going was historical/literary, so one person stayed with... More 

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was a lovely day for a visit to Walden Pond and Thoreau's cabin. Parking is across the street as is the cabin replica which is quite interesting. Unfortunate that is placed so near the parking area but you do get a feel for living in a simple manner. We were looking forward to some hiking as the weather was... More 

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Knoxville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As a former literature teacher, I was very interested in visiting Walden Pond. One of the surprising things about this "pond" is its size...it is over a mile around the shoreline! The reservation is used by picnickers and swimmers. I was interested in the replica of the cabin that Thoreau lived in the two years he "went to the woods... More 

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Milford, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Taking a walk around Walden Pond is a wonderful and relaxing experience. It was cool and post-summer so not many people. The walk is easy and interesting if you take in the visitor center and exhibits they have on the grounds. Great place to relax and unwind

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Loveland, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband has waited a lifetime to visit and experience Walden Pond. An unusually warm day meant he was able to go for a swim after we walked the path around the lake which included a stop at the site of the original cabin that Thoreau stayed in. This is a beautiful and popular place for people to visit. We... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Actually was very informative and quiet trip! That's saying a lot being that I visited with my College football team in between game weeks. I loved it and plan going back at the end of 2017 with my wife.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to Walden countless times. The water is clean and clear. This time of year it is warm. There is abundant nature. I just love Walden Pond. I often meet wonderful people from all over the world. Some go though great effort to get there. Many walk from the train station which is not terribly close. When I... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For anyone interested in Henry David Thoreau, a trip to Walden Pond is a must. This is where he spent two years (1845-47) living in a small simple cabin he built by himself. As I live close to this pond, I visit it year round and find it to be a perfect place for contemplation. Unfortunately, there is a major... More 

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