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Adams National Historical Park

Opens in 28 min: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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From the sweet little farm at the foot of Penn's Hill to the gentleman's country estate at Peace field, Adams National Historical Park is the story of "heroes, statesman, philosophers ... and learned women" whose ideas and actions helped to...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
1250 Hancock St, Validated Parking available at Presidents Place Parking on Saville Ave., Quincy, MA 02169-4339
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here after a VA appointment in Jamicia Plains. From the trolley ride to the park rangers knowledge it was such a great day. Seeing the Adams homestead and the library on the grounds. Here is some pictures. We are going back in the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Cathy S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an amazing find. We drove up from the Cape and saw both the original birth places, and the family home. The collections in the "big house" are phenomenal, and we wonder why they are not in a museum quality setting. It was another...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed January 8, 2019

The National Park Service has done a fantastic job in bringing the Adams Family's estate to life, making for one of the best and most affordable tours in the Boston Area. Best of all, it's only 30 minutes from South Station via the MBTA's Red...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Tom M
Reviewed December 30, 2018

Make sure you plan for the time it takes to travel by trolley to the locations. You won't be disappointed. Presidential history is always interesting.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Go2FunFood
Reviewed December 23, 2018

We took some relatives visiting from Ireland, and the tour guide was amazing! He could answer everything and offer additional info. It was really interesting, scenic and engaging. Loved it!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Elizabeth M
Reviewed November 29, 2018

For those who have been to Mount Vernon, Monticello and/or Montpelier this will not disappoint. An added plus is you see three homes (John Adam's parent's home, his first home and then his Peacefield property). Also you get to check-off two Presidential homes, John and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

Went to both houses on tour on the trolley. Both houses were incredible. Great docents to provide historical information and answer questions. A lot to see, especially the Library.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018

We visited the three Adams houses which span from the 1600's to the 1900's - four generations. The houses are still in the exact locations where they were built. The first two, beautifully preserved "saltboxes" are close together, for easy communication in winter and as...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 29, 2018

The places you can visit from here will take about three hours. Adams National Historical Park is operated by the National Parks Service. Easy to get to despite being surrounded by the current City of Quincy, MA. This can also be reached by MTA from...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank napngs
Reviewed October 24, 2018

The park service doesn't make it easy to visit the site as it's accessed from the park service desk on Hancock Street in downtown Quincy. Once the tickets are in hand a bus takes you to two sites the first having two pre-revolution homes and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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September 21, 2016|
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Response from JLeslie22 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, The previous respondent is right. I have purchased tickets at the National Parks visitor center in Quincy Center, then I've driven to the "big house" at Peace Field and gone on the tour. There is plenty of on-street... More
August 22, 2016|
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Response from jessicapX562DY | Property representative |
You can take the subway, call the "T" in Boston. On the red line, get off at Quincy Center. Exit on the Hancock Street site. After walking across a green space you can then cross Hancock Street and arrive directly at the... More
February 21, 2016|
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Response from nanaspansygirl | Reviewed this property |
Waiting time will vary with season. Fall shouldn't be bad. Worst wait times are the summer months. The visitor center has lots of information on history as well as a great gift shop & clean restrooms. Waiting flies by. You... More
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Passing By Boston - Best way to ditch the car and get in (20 Replies)
Let's say that I am travelling I-95 from Providence RI to Portsmouth NH and I want to ditch the car for a few hours and take public transportation into the city of Boston. Where and how is this best accomplished? Alternate question - I'm a huge Presidential buff, so the thought has crossed my mind that I could take I-93 and visit both the Adams National Historical Park as well as the JFK Presidential Library. I would then be on I-93 which would take me through Boston. Again, if I were on...More
July 04, 2016|
Response fromAlzarian|
Thanks. Great idea. I wasnt at all sure free parking would be an option. It would appear the JFK library closes at 5pm each day so I gather it would be wise to return to my car by 5pm.
San Diego
Adams National Historical Park in March (6 Replies)
Would anyone know here on TA if the park grounds are open this month? I am aware that they are currently closed for the season, and will reopen on April 11th. But is there a way I could just stroll the grounds without going into the historic houses? Thanks!
March 21, 2011|
Response fromCabinet|
There is usually a trolley that picks visitors up at the visitors' center that is near the subway stop and takes them to the houses, so without that running you would need a car. As I remember the old original Adams house didn't have much in the way of grounds and you could certainly walk around it. The bigger house had a yard. I don't know if they lock that off. You could take the subway down there and walk over to the church where the Adams are buried and go down to their crypt.