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Adams National Historical Park

135 Adams Street, Quincy, MA 02169-1749
(617) 773-1177
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Quincy
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Parks
Description: This site explores the lives of two early American presidents, John and John Quincy Adams.
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Douglas, MA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

You can't beat having a trolley take you to each of your destinations at this site. The rangers were interesting, friendly and VERY knowledgeable. I am lucky enough to be able to get my pass for being 62 and plan to use it to see as many national park sites as I can! This place is a hidden gem.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Have lived in the area for 50+ years. Have driven by it dozens of times and never did the Adams tour. So one Saturday we decided to. Empty nesters now. When we arrived at what we though was the Adams homes, we discovered it was actually a trolley tour to multiple sites. Sounds great ! The park ranger was very... More

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Portland, IN
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Took the T to Quincy Central. Visitor Center was just a block or so away. Took the tour of birthplace homes of John and John Quincy, as well as Peacefield, their home in later years, by way of a dedicated trolley. Guides - National Park Rangers - were very knowledgable and enthusiastic. When we returned to visitor center, we walked... More

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Toronto, Canada
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277 attraction reviews
432 helpful votes 432 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We arrived at the Adams National Historic Park to hopefully tour one of the Adams homes. We discovered that the only tour available was a two hour guided tour covering all three family homes. Unfortunately, we didn't have this much time available so we settled for a look at the small exhibits in the visitor's center and picked up some... More

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United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The attraction is split over two sites. We first visited the house formerly occupied by the adult John Quincy Adams, before driving to his birthplace, located nearby, but not all that close. We arrived quite late in the day, so when we asked about taking a tour, we were informed that the last tour had already departed. However, the very... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This was a really interesting site. You get to see three houses: the house of John Adam's father, John Adam's first house, and Peacefield, his mansion. It's amazing how simple the first two houses are, and how beautiful and opulent Peacefield is. There aren't many artifacts in the birthplace houses, but Peacfield is remarkably well preserved, with many original items.... More

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Weirton, WV
11 reviews 11 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I am a big history fan and after reading John McCullough's book on John Adams, knew I wanted to visit here, while in town to catch a Red Sox game. You start at a visitor center and are transported to the birthplace of John Adams and a second house where he resided after his presidency. Goosebumps while in side, the... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I visited the Adams family homes with two teens this summer. As others have mentioned, the Visitors Center was difficult to find initially. I did not expect it to be located in an office building, but parking in the garage behind the center was ample and free. The tour itself is a bargin. Adults pay $5 and children 16 and... More

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Omaha, USA
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72 reviews 72 reviews
14 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It may sound strange, but John Adams is my favorite founding father. We stayed in Quincy partially so we could visit the Adams site. Finding the visitor's center is a little strange, because it's in an office building in a congested area, and is difficult to reach for an out-of-state driver. Once you do find the visitor center, there is... More

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Ancaster, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Quincy is one of the most difficult towns to get around in, for this tourist, but once we found the (poorly marked) Visitors Center for the Adams tour, we were on our way. After parking in the lot behind the building, we hopped on the Trolley about 10 am. - it's probably a much more crowded wait as the day... More

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