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Walden Pond State Reservation

915 Walden St, 28 Maplewood St Watertown, Concord, MA 01742-4511
+1 978-369-3254
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Walks at Walden Pond

FOr over 20 years I have brought and sent out of state or foreign visitors here. A lovely 3 mile... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Nancy J
Concord, Massachusetts
Do we really need this to be another swimming hole?

I thought of this to be a place of tranquility & peace, but rather it's turned into a YMCA type... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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In order to preserve the natural environment, visitors are limited at this site, where Thoreau wrote his famous essays.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“parking lot” (47 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
915 Walden St, 28 Maplewood St Watertown, Concord, MA 01742-4511
+1 978-369-3254

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Reviewed 5 days ago

FOr over 20 years I have brought and sent out of state or foreign visitors here. A lovely 3 mile walk around the pond, the site of Thoreau's cabin is well marked, trail is easy to walk and to follow. Be aware that dogs are...More

1  Thank Nancy J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I thought of this to be a place of tranquility & peace, but rather it's turned into a YMCA type swimming pool in the woods. Also why is it acceptable to pay $10 to park here no matter how long you are there. 1 hour...More

1  Thank PresidentsTraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was nice to visit what was perhaps the inspiration and the starting point of Thoreau's conservationist efforts. A walk around the lake takes about an hour and is time well spent.

Thank Nirupama K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

...If he knew the tourist trap, over regulated charade his beloved pond has become! We drove 2 hours in Boston traffic to see the sacred location and it was CLOSED because it was too full! If you do ever gain access to this park it...More

1  Thank AmandaB8
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The pond, that we would call a lake is so nice and tranquil. You can swim here so I would think it would be busy on the weekends.

Thank S. H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We got there late in the day. Had a peaceful walk through woods to get there. It was just as tranquil as I'm sure Thoreau and Emerson enjoyed. Also near the homes of Emerson and Alcott.

Thank dawnaddy2017
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was a lovely area with fun recreational opportunities. We visited during the late Spring, so swimming was not an option for our family. The park has several walking trails, a swimming area (with lifeguards during peak season), and boating opportunities. The walk around the...More

Thank Brenda D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The recreational aspect has infringed upon the historical significance of the pond. The swimming, camping, boating and lifeguards have taken away what Thoreau originally used the pond for. When people have to pay $10 just to park their cars, it's a rather disheartening thing to...More

Thank Caitlyn K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have visited the pond many times sort as a drive by when touring the historical sites,but this is the first time I have hiked the trail around the pond to the Thoreau cabin site. This really was a nice walk around a real serene...More

Thank Courtney B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Walden Pond is achingly peaceful. The languid shores emit a tranquility I have seldom felt elsewhere. It was much larger than I expected. I think my definition of a pond must be skewed. It is more like a lake to me. I would also make...More

1  Thank PandoraPS
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Caroline P
Anyone know if there are bathrooms near the beach area? Or bathrooms at all for that matter? Thanks!
June 22, 2017|
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Response from Eur0pe2013 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are restrooms and they are clean and well maintained.
My husband and I are planning to visit Walden Pond the first week in June. What can we expect as far as crowds and weather?
May 28, 2017|
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Response from B0B8y | Reviewed this property |
Even when it's crowded, it's not really "crowded" and that is very unlikely during the time of your visit. Temps: Still cool - daytime 60s to mid-70s this year. I live in the next town and I think you'll have a very pleasant... More
is their dicounted senior parking rate
July 1, 2016|
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Response from Jamie L | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, not sure if there is any discounted parking. There is a bit of a challenge finding a spot, but people come & go all the time, so if you drive around a bit, something usually pops up.