Travel to Walden Pond & Concord

Quiz question: What do Steve Carell (actor), Henry David Thoreau (poet), Louisa May Alcott (author), Ralph Waldo Emerson (poet), Kevin Garnett (NBA star), and Nathaniel Hawthorne (author) have in common?

Answer: They have all been residents of Concord, Massachusetts!

Another less-well-known fact about the Concord area is that it’s one of my favorite places to visit. From Walden Pond to the amazing old cemeteries to the local shops, this place should top your list of travel destinations!

Aside from it’s obvious beauty, the area is filled with significant history.  The revolutionary war started in the adjoining town of Lexington, and most of my ancestors lived in the area (and perhaps yours too). If you’re an American history buff, then you could spend days visiting the area.

One of our favorite things to do in the Concord area is to visit Walden Pond, where Henry David Thoreau wrote “Walden.”

Recently my wife & I packed the car up (with our canoe and bikes) and drove the long drive from Virginia to Concord.

It had always been my dream to canoe on Walden Pond, and since I believe in fulfilling my dreams, we made it a reality!

The “pond” is really more like a lake, and it has an amazing trail that wraps around it. My little guy absolutely loved being on the boat, as well as my wife (pictured below).

An easy 1.5 mile trail wraps around the pond, which is fun for the whole family.

It was really fun watching hard core swimmers and kayakers do laps across the lake…it almost motivated me to do the same…

We also had so much fun visiting the Henry David Thoreau museum, seeing what his little cabin would have looked like. You can walk around and see what his life would have been like when he lived at Walden Pond.

The quaint town of Concord is really fun to walk around, especially if you like antique shops, candy stores, book shops, and fun little restaurants.

The Concord Shop is a fun Kitchen/Cooking store that I would recommend you visit, along with The Toy Shop of Concord, which is a few doors down the street.

When we visit The Concord Shop during summer time, we’ve always found their polish pottery on sale.

Because my wife took a floral arrangement class in college, she has a real appreciation for well-arranged flowers. She was really wowed by Winston Flowers, a florist on Main Street.

They have really creative & modern flower displays. And as an interesting side note, they told me that their Boston shop decorates Tom Brady’s apartment each week with tons of flowers.

Just a few minutes away lies the adjoining town of Lexington, Massachusetts. One stop you really shouldn’t miss is the Minute Man Historical National Park, where the Revolutionary War began with “the shot heard around the world.”

It’s an amazing feeling to walk around the place where America’s freedom started. Even if this area had not become famous for it’s history, I believe that it would still have become famous for it’s natural beauty.

Everything is green, luscious, and vibrantly alive.

Another stop you can’t afford to miss is the legendary Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. While you are there, be sure to look for “Authors Ridge”, so you can see the grave sites of Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, & Louisa May Alcott.

We just had to lay our wee boy on this comfy-looking forest floor. It seemed like some strange fairy tale.

If by now I’ve finally talked you into visiting the Concord area, then while you’re there be sure to visit some of my favorite nearby sites (I’ve linked the below places to assist you in planning your trip):

  1. The freedom trail in Boston
  2. The home of John & Abigail Adams (2nd U.S. president)
  3. Cape Cod
  4. Martha’s Vineyard (watch for my upcoming review of “The Vineyard”)

Any other suggestions you care to share? Please comment below!






  1. 1

    We LOVE this place. It has something for everyone. I have been to the florist shop and was amazed at how creative and beautiful the arrangements were.

    • 2

      Concord is my absolute favorite place on earth!!! May I add a couple of “must-dos” while in Concord? The Colonial Inn is a FABULOUS place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! It’s in the center of town, and walking distance from all the places you mentioned. Also, after visiting the Minute Man Historical National Park, be sure to visit the Old Manse, where Emerson’s grandfather lived, as well as Nathaniel Hawthorne and his wife. Then keep on going down that road about 10 minutes (away from town), take a left into Carlisle, and watch for Kimball Farm Dairy on your right. It’s the most amazing ice cream ever! (Voted best ice cream stand in Massachusetts in 2010). Huge portions and more flavors than you could ever imagine make this a memorable end to an amazing day!

      • 3
        JoshLovesIt says:

        Great comment Heidi! What are some of your other favorite spots around the Boston area?

        • 4

          The John Adams homes in Quincy are worth the drive south of Boston! Then keep on going down to Plymouth, an hour or two from Boston. It’s fun to see and walk around the Mayflower II, a replica of the original Mayflower. While you are there, the Plimoth Plantation is amazing! It’s a little pricey to get in, but they have villages set up like Plimoth would have been in 1626, as well as an Indian village. You can talk to all the characters, who play actual Plimoth Plantation residents. So cool if you have ancestors who were on the Mayflower! That puts you at the tip of Cape Cod. Plan to spend some time in Cape Cod if you can.

          Another fun day trip is Salem, north of Boston. Interesting to learn about the witch trials.

  2. 5

    Yes, you’ve convinced me to visit MA. Wow, what a great trip. There’s a lot packed into one little place. Beautiful photography, too!

  3. 6

    Amazing pictures!! I remember I took you there for the first time. My husband and I went to Walden Pond on several occasions while we were dating, so it has special meaning for us. Awesome place to visit!! One of the best things to do there is find a quiet spot and just sit for a while and enjoy the peace and beauty all around you.

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