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Adams National Historical Park
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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 transform thirteen disparate colonies into one united nation. Please note: Adams National Historical Park is open for tours from April 19 through November 10 every year. The first tour leaves the Visitor Center at 9:15 a.m. and the final tour leaves the Visitor Center at 3:15 p.m. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis.
Alexandria, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
261 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“Wonderful visit!”
Reviewed October 20, 2012

After reading the McCullough book on Adams, I've really wanted to see his houses and visit his grave. During our recent trip to Boston, I got that chance. Our first stop was the Visitor Center where we bought our tickets to see the houses and then watched a short film before our tour started. The film was pretty good and details the lives of John, his son, grandson and great grandson, which was new. Once the film finished, we went outside and caught our trolley to visit the houses. I initially thought that we were just going to visit Peacefield, but was delighted that we visited both the Adams birthplace and the home where he lived during the Revolution. From there, we did travel on to the bigger house and had a wonderful tour. The house is gorgeous and the gardens are really charming. Getting to visit these houses was one of the highlights of my entire trip.

Visited October 2012
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San Jose, California
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46 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A National Treasure”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

For the price of admission one gets a movie at the Adams National Historical Park Center and a two hour trolley tour to 3 Adams' houses. Rangers are at each site offering an interesting insight into the personal stories behind the history. All 3 houses are different, John Adams being born at one, bringing his bride into another one and spending his last years in the last and larger home with the original furniture. The larger house includes an English garden and a separate stone library containing 12,000 of Adams' books. The rangers were so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was the highlight of my 8 day visit to the Boston area.

Visited October 2012
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San Francisco, California, United States
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice Garden”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

It was a quick stop-by at Adams National Historical Park, because we got an early flight to catch.
The park was not yet open, but the friendly ranger let us into the garden. With different kinds of flowers in full blossom, the garden was a nice spot for some snapshots.
Thanks to the same ranger, we had our national park passport stampted, prior to the office hour.

Visited September 2012
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57 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Homes of John Adams and John Quincy Adams”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

First time in Boston and we took the Red Line "T" to Quincy Center, went across the street to the Adams Nationa Park and bought tickets. You go on a trolly and see three homes,
THe frist one where he was born, the one next door where he
was married and had his children including John Quincy.
THen you go to his beautiful home with all the original artifacts for 8 generations of Adam's. THis was the summer home for John Adams and John Quincy. After that when you get dropped back off at the Park Center, go next door to the church where John Adams and his wife and John Quincy Adams and his wife are buried. They give a tour for small donation. This was a wonderful day and on the way back you can get off at JFK stop and visit JFK Library. Those two things will take most of your day.

Visited September 2012
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Stoneham, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“A Wonderful Experience for History Buffs”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

History buffs will get their money's worth. The Adam's estate is loaded with all original furnishings and very well narrated by U.S. Interior Dept. personnel. Set aside two hours to roam.

Visited June 2012
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