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Thoreau Is a Wise Man!

For many times when I visited Boston I had the idea to pay a visit to Walden Pond since I had read... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
New England
Finally made it

I have always wanted to visit Walden's Pond and I finally made it. Unfortunately I arrived after... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Huntsville, Alabama
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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 days ago

For many times when I visited Boston I had the idea to pay a visit to Walden Pond since I had read Thoreau's book in the university a few decades before. Yesterday was a sunny day, we finally went there and had a walk around...More

Thank adabbler
Reviewed 4 days ago

I have always wanted to visit Walden's Pond and I finally made it. Unfortunately I arrived after the visitor center had closed. You have to cross a busy road to get to the pond from the parking lot, however a pedestrian crossing is available and...More

Thank unobtanium
Reviewed 4 days ago

Walk around the pond. Enjoy yourself. There's history, there's nature. There's peace. Let it be what you need.

Thank Raventhrone
Reviewed 1 week ago

As an English teacher, I have taught Thoreau for years! It was a thrill to sit by the shores of Walden and just absorb the beauty. The cabin was an impressive replica and the gift shop was good. I appreciated that Massachusetts has not commercialized...More

Thank Carol S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked around the pond on a quiet afternoon. There is an upper path in addition to the beach. Fall is a good time to visit.

Thank carol S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's larger than you might think and fenced by a narrow walking path - you can't just amble through the trees like Henry did - but there's a peace and quiet here that's hard to find anywhere else. If you want to understand Walden, come...More

2  Thank gormer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Deep and calm, Walden Pond is ringed by a good walking path (though it is single-file for much of the way). It's a great walk for an hour or so of quiet contemplation. The pond appears to be popular with swimmers, too; there were several...More

1  Thank Margaret L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the pond this weekend and I can not believe I have never been before. It was beautiful! My son and I enjoyed a walk around the pond- easy, cleared trail that was marked and that lead you around the pond. It was great for...More

Thank Suzyproph
Reviewed 12 September 2018 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.

1  Thank MrsPickle
Reviewed 30 August 2018

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

1  Thank Kimberly M
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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!