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Adams National Historical Park

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Address: 1250 Hancock St, Validated Parking available at Presidents Place Parking on Saville Ave., Quincy, MA 02169-4339
Phone Number:
+1 617-770-1175
09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

From the sweet little farm at the foot of Penn's Hill to the gentleman's...

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.

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Finding it is tricky, but it is worth it. Loved the homes, gardens and especially the library. The first homes on the tour, we had a gentleman guide that obviously loved his job... read more

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Finding it is tricky, but it is worth it. Loved the homes, gardens and especially the library. The first homes on the tour, we had a gentleman guide that obviously loved his job. He was a wonderful guide and storyteller. We could tell the young man that took us through Peacefield loved the history of this home and was very... More 

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Randolph, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in Quincy/Braintree's two United States presidents, John Adams and John Quincy Adams, this is a necessary visit. By going to the Visitors' Center in Presidents' Place Mall, park rangers take you in a trolley to two locations. The first one is the location of the two early homes. John Adams grew up in one home. The... More 

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White Mountains
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

This is a very special place and a must go for any American history enthusiast. There are three houses and a fabulous library.

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Skipton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Quite a lot to see yet you feel rushed. The guide just babble off their prepared speech and have little time for visitors queries.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Had a most wonderful and informative visit. The brief introductory movie is well done and a must see as you wait for the bus tour departure. Park Rangers Tom, Chris, Carol, Kiernan were at their best both in dress and presentation mode. Bus transport and team coordination was exceptional. Grasp of history and relevance of buildings was exceptional. We had... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

To start off, finding this place is a little tricky. You have to park in a mammoth urban parking garage and then find your way to the National Park Service room in the building lobby. Once there you buy a ticket and wait for the trolley to take you to the Adams birthplace and Adams homestead. Those two homes were... More 

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Germantown, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We never knew much about the Adams Family but were very interested in learning all about them and seeing where they lived. The gardens were gorgeous and so well cared for. Would definitely recommend. Other things in Quincy we visited were the Hancock Cemetery and President's Church.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Very easy to get to on the Redline subway. Park Service is across the street from the exit and to the left in a corner suite. Reservations are first come first serve and groups are small. One is transported to the sites. Both our guides did an excellent job of sharing the history of the locations with us. The birthplaces... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

The Adams National Historical Park is an wonderful place to experience and somehow not really well known locally. It requires about a half day and is a fascinating tour!! We were very pleased with how efficient the trip is which requires an old town trolley ride between 3 locations. There is no wasted time and the pace of the house... More 

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The Adams home is where President John Adams and his family grew up and lived in the Quincy area. It is a beautiful and well detailed mansion home and grounds with trees and flowers. Inside the mansion, the rooms have some furniture that the family used. On the grounds is library with books that President John Adams used and read.... More 

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