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Walden Pond

Just out of view of the city nearby lies an ecological haven, the beauty of which once inspired one of the nation’s great thinkers.

Swap the sidewalks and shop floors of the city center for fine white beaches and woodland walks at Walden Pond. Look across the glistening water for kingfishers, deer and other wildlife, and discover the story behind the landmark’s famous literary history.

Happening upon the lake, which is obscured by a large forest, is a magical experience. This large waterway dates back to the last ice age, when it was formed by a huge glacier melting. At its deepest point, the pond reaches depths of more than 98 feet (30 meters).

Pick your spot on the narrow sandy beach and bask in the sun or take a refreshing swim. A great way to explore the lake is on a canoe, paddleboard or small boat, though you will have to bring your own equipment as there are no rental outlets at the pond. The fishing in Walden Pond is superb. Cast your hook for pickerel and sunfish as well as perch and smallmouth bass.

Wake yourself from lounging, set down your line or book and embark on a gentle hike through your leafy surroundings. The Pond Path forms a rugged circuit along the shore and is decorated with clusters of vivid berry bushes, pine, oak and hickory trees. Look for gray squirrels and chipmunks scampering past and spot kingfishers perched on the tips of overhanging branches.

Refresh your love of American literature with a visit to the information center where you will find stories about the area’s most famous resident, Henry David Thoreau. He wrote his book Walden while staying in a one-room home next to the pond between 1845 and 1847. Visit a replica of this small dwelling to see the minimalist lifestyle that helped inspire the American conservationist movement.

Walden Pond is located just a 5-minute drive south of Concord. Drive and use the parking lot or get a ride and be dropped off. The area has a small shop, but no other facilities, so arrive early and come prepared if you plan to spend the full day here.


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Concord's Colonial Inn $97
Concord's Colonial Inn

Concord's Colonial Inn

48 Monument Square, Concord, MA
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the historical district, this historic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Concord Visitors Center and Old North Bridge. Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House and The Wayside are also within 1 mi (2 km). Concord Station is 12 minutes by foot.

    Hawthorne Inn $170
    Hawthorne Inn

    Hawthorne Inn

    462 Lexington Road, Concord, MA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Concord, this bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of The Wayside and Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. Concord Visitors Center and Old North Bridge are also within 2 mi (3 km). Concord Station is 28 minutes by foot.

      North Bridge Inn $175
      North Bridge Inn

      North Bridge Inn

      21 Monument Street, Concord, MA
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the historical district, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Concord Visitors Center and Old North Bridge. Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House and The Wayside are also within 1 mi (2 km). Concord Station is 13 minutes by foot.

        Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Concord $119
        Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Concord

        Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Concord

        320 Baker Avenue, Concord, MA
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Concord, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Concord Visitors Center, Old North Bridge, and Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. The Wayside is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.

          Best Western At Historic Concord $99
          Best Western At Historic Concord

          Best Western At Historic Concord

          740 Elm St, Concord, MA
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Concord Visitors Center, Old North Bridge, and Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. The Wayside is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.

            Best Western Plus Waltham Boston $65
            Best Western Plus Waltham Boston

            Best Western Plus Waltham Boston

            380 Winter Street, Waltham, MA
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in West End, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Brandeis University and within 9 mi (15 km) of St. Elizabeth's Medical Center and Burlington Mall. Harvard University and Harvard Square are also within 12 mi (20 km).

              Aloft Lexington $79
              Aloft Lexington

              Aloft Lexington

              727 Marrett Road - A, Lexington, MA
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Burlington Mall, Bentley College, and Walden Pond. Brandeis University and Davis Square are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Embassy Suites Boston Waltham $89
                Embassy Suites Boston Waltham

                Embassy Suites Boston Waltham

                550 Winter Street, Waltham, MA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in West End, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Brandeis University and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Bentley College. Burlington Mall and Babson College are also within 9 mi (15 km).