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On Walden Pond

Spent the morning with my sister walking the beach and paths and visited the replica home of Henry... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kimberly M
Very relaxant place

Not so crowded as the other ponds and lakes of Boston's surroundings. Good parking but lack of... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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In order to preserve the natural environment, visitors are limited at this site, where Thoreau wrote his famous essays.
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 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was disappointed that you needed to pay an entrance fee to the state park to be able to see the pond up close. We parked at the Thoreau bookstore and walked across to take a photo through the trees.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent the morning with my sister walking the beach and paths and visited the replica home of Henry David Thoreau. There is definitely a sense a peace and calm here that I haven’t experienced anywhere else in my travels. Some families enjoyed swimming, hiking, or...More

Thank Kimberly M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not so crowded as the other ponds and lakes of Boston's surroundings. Good parking but lack of services.

Thank GSG1972
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Since reading the works of Henry David Thoreau I've always wanted to visit the site of his most famous book, "Walden." I was not let down. I decided to hike/walk the Pond Path that circles the entire pond. I made various stops to take pictures...More

1  Thank Nathan P
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Was lucky enough to get a spot to park on the Fourth of July. Had a great day relaxing in the cool, clear waters of Thoreau’s Walden. They’ve been having trouble with nitrogen levels in the pond so if you have to relieve yourself, do...More

2  Thank Abe F
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

Over the past few years the water has gotten murkier apparently from the erosion of the dirt footpath that rings the pond. Nevertheless, this is still a great swim. I had to pay the out-of-state parking ($15) from an efficient automatic ticket machine in the...More

Thank fred200099
Reviewed 10 August 2018

Simplify! Thoreau's credo should definitely be followed here. A number of people on the trail to the site of the cabin...racing away instead of enjoying the views of the pond. Well-worth the stroll not just to the cabin site but completely around the lake.

Thank Yodeler
Reviewed 8 August 2018

Walden Pond is a great place to swim in the summer but get there early in the summer because they close it when it gets crowded. There is a nice souvenir store and a short film to see in addition to the replica of Thoreau's...More

1  Thank Robert F
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

We got to the Walden pond to find out that it was close maybe met capacity and reopen again at 2pm. Long line for parking in all directions. The boat lunge / handicap parking only has about 12 spots. Noticed people parking at the high...More

Thank rickysheiy
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

Don't know if kids still read Walden Pond in school, but they can learn about it here. Lovely spot for a day out at the water. Families were there escaping heat with full beach gear. Take the hike but be clear on the map trails...More

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4 September 2018|
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Response from shopping22 | Reviewed this property |
It’s on our system there is no person but if authorities come by and you don’t have a ticket from the park you might get a ticket from the park ranger
Donna S
27 June 2018|
Response from kittygirl1213 |
There isn’t an admission fee but you need to pay to park ($8 for MA plates and $15 for out-of-state or you can get a pass that’s good through the end of year $60 or $120 respectively)
26 June 2018|
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Response from Littlebigdogmom | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can park in the lot across from the pond and will need to cross the road to get to the pond. The recreated cabin and museum/restrooms/gift shop are on the parking lot side of the road. Enjoy!