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“History, nature, and literature merged with beauty”

Walden Pond State Reservation
Ranked #5 of 33 things to do in Concord
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: In order to preserve the natural environment, visitors are limited at this site, where Thoreau wrote his famous essays.
Reviewed 6 May 2014

If you don't already know about Thoreau and his musings written while living rustically at Walden during the peak of Transcendentalism, you can learn quickly with a short visit. In addition to the gorgeous pond and forest landscapes, the gift shop is a trove of literary treasures, and even the composting toilets by the porous parking areas are noteworthy and educational. Any time of year, a stroll around Walden is inspirational.

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Great pond but often very crowded. Go early in the monringor late afternoon in the spring and summer.

3  Thank Shelley H
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

If you go in the heat of the summer, it will be very crowded. Go during the week or before/after summer. There is a trail all the way around. It is quiet, tranquil, and please, keep it that way. Thanks.

2  Thank Tom W
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

Great location to relax after sightseeing, enjoying a coffee and book. Lots of families with kids playing in the water, but was still a quiet place

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Reviewed 25 March 2014

This had to be one of the highlights of my trip to MA. I was inspired to visit Walden Pond after reading Thoreau at University, and when we were in the area I reminded my friends. I do not think that we expected for them to enjoy the pond quite as much as they did.The pond was frozen, and coming from the south-east of the UK that was a huge novelty to me. We were able to walk on the frozen pond, someone else tried skating, and there were ice fishermen trying to land a catch. There's a lovely walk along the edge of the pond, or you can take the path through the woods to see the site of Thoreau's cabin. There's also a replica cabin and a statue of Thoreau near the car park. Whilst visiting the pond is free, car parking is not. I think we paid $5, which my friends thought was quite expensive, but after we had spent a couple of very pleasant hours at the pond decided was worth the money.
The car park has some public conveniences which were an experience as they are eco-friendly non-flushing ones. In freezing temperatures I discovered you get quite a draught! All part of the fun, and very appropriate to be nature-friendly. There's a little gift shop in the area too, selling books, post cards etc.

4  Thank LizKent_UK
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