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“Worth more than $5!”

Adams National Historical Park
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Quincy
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed 18 June 2014

The rangers do such a great job at this historical park. The film in the visitor center is professional quality. The trolley takes you to three locations: the Adams birthplaces and the later home of the Adams--Peacefield with its lovely gardens and library.

Be sure to check the website for future special events. I have attended some of the events and they are always extremely well done.

Also stop in at the Church of the Presidents, a short walk from the visitors' center, where you will be able to see the crypts in the basement--final resting places of John, John Quincy, Abigail, and Louisa.

Thank Patricia D
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

A definite requirement for anyone in the Boston area interested in colonial history.
The name is misleading because there is no park, per se. One meets at a small storefront, one the ground floor of an office building,in the center of Quincy where there is a small exhibit, a movie, gift shop and restrooms. There is a parking lot adjacent and some on-street parking. From there, a bus holding about 25 people departs for a 10 minute drive to the original Adams cabins. Guides there show you through the homes and give an adequate description of the family history and living conditions, lasting about 30 minutes.
Next, one reboards the bus for another 10 minute trip to the more recent Adams mansion, located in a very pretty part of Quincy. Another guided tour through the mansion lasting another 30 minutes. There are lovely gardens adjacent. The back on the bus and a return to the visitor center. For those interested, a short walk down the street lies the church in which the two Adams presidents and their wives are entombed. This site is worth the stroll and visit, mostly because the church is lovely and the guides are very well informed.

A word to the wise. If one is travelling with a large group, 8 or more people, separate group tours can be arranged in advance but they fill up by January, even though the site does not open until the spring. Call early, if that is your plan. The standard tours are first come, first served, and they can fill up quickly in the summer.

Thank Alexander A
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

My wife and I had heard about this Park for years, but were finally inspired to visit after our son did a school report John Adams. So sorry we waited so long to visit. The National Park service and its rangers have done a tremendous job at this Park. I am in awe of how knowledgeable the rangers are, and how generous they are in sharing that knowledge. My family and I left with a greater understanding of John and Abigail Adams and their son John Quincy Adams. We were also inspired to do a little more "sightseeing" around Boston. Having been born here, we seem to take for granted the city's history, and don't spend enough quality time exploring and learning. Our plans for the summer are to get out more on weekends and delve into Boston's history.

Thank Hank D
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

This is the best $5 you will ever spend. You watch a film in the visitor's center, and then a trolley takes you to the birthplace and home of John Adams & John Quincy Adams. A wonderful glimpse at our countries history.

Thank Julie O
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

The National Park Rangers are VERY helpful and knowledgeable about the Adams family and the lives they led.

Thank SpringfieldFresser
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