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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 $101
Concord's Colonial Inn

Concord's Colonial Inn

48 Monument Square, Concord
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 433 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Concord's Monument Square, less than 1 mile from public transportation to Boston, this Concord's Colonial Inn and Suites is also within 4 miles of Hanscom Air Force Base, Walden Pond, Old North Bridge, and Interstates 95/128.

    Hawthorne Inn
    Hawthorne Inn

    Hawthorne Inn

    462 Lexington Road, Concord
       
      4.9
      of 5, from 38 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Concord, this bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of The Wayside, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, and Concord Visitors Center. Old North Bridge and Walden Pond are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      North Bridge Inn $165
      North Bridge Inn

      North Bridge Inn

      21 Monument Street, Concord
         
        4.8
        of 5, from 23 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Situated in the historical district, this bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Concord Visitors Center, Old North Bridge, and Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. The Wayside and Walden Pond are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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

        Best Western At Historic Concord

        740 Elm St, Concord
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 1,093 reviews
          2.5 out of 5.0

          This hotel is centrally located near the historic sights and attractions of New England, including the homes of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott, and Walden Pond.

          Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Concord $129
          Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Concord

          Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Concord

          320 Baker Avenue, Concord
             
            4.7
            of 5, from 254 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Concord, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Concord Visitors Center, Walden Pond, and Old North Bridge. Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House and The Wayside are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Best Western Plus Waltham Boston $75
            Best Western Plus Waltham Boston

            Best Western Plus Waltham Boston

            380 Winter Street, Waltham
               
              4.0
              of 5, from 1,740 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in the heart of Technology Square off of route 128, Best Western Plus Waltham Boston is close to Coca-Cola, IBM, Microsoft, and Costco headquarters. Brandeis University is 4 miles away.

              Aloft Lexington $89
              Aloft Lexington

              Aloft Lexington

              727 Marrett Road - A, Lexington
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 1,536 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

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

                Element Lexington $98
                Element Lexington

                Element Lexington

                727 Marrett Road - B, Lexington
                   
                  4.5
                  of 5, from 906 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Burlington Mall, Bentley College, and Walden Pond. Harvard University and Harvard Square are also within 12 mi (20 km).