Adams National Historical Park

Adams National Historical Park

Things To Do

Things To Do


There are many things to do here at the Adams National Historical Park whether it is going on the guided tour of the homes, wandering the grounds on your own or coming to one of our special events. Whatever your choice is we are sure you'll have a great time!

Guided Tours

Park your car in the parking garage behind the Visitor Center and leave the rest to the park rangers!

Tours of the park leave from the Visitor Center daily during our open season (April 19 - November 10). Tours depart the Visitor Center on a trolley which will bring you to the Presidential Birthplaces where you will be dropped off for a guided tour with a Park Ranger. After this half hour tour the trolley will then bring you to the Old House where you will have an hour long guided tour with a Park Ranger. The trolley will then pick you back up and return you to the Visitor Center. Tours last approximately two hours and the cost is $5.00 for adults, under 16 are free. All National Park Passes are honored. Please be aware that the only restrooms for the park are located at the Visitor Center. Large bags and backpacks are not permitted inside of the homes.

Nearby Attractions

Visit the United First Parish Church

The United First Parish Church is an important part of the Adams story and is just a short walk away from the Visitor Center. Both Presidents and their First Ladies are buried inside of the chuch. Tours are offered daily between April 19th and November 10th on a walk up basis. Fees apply.

The Abigail Adams Birthplace

The Abigail Adams Historical Society maintains Abigail's birthplace in tribute to this most distinguished American Woman. The Birthplace, located in Weymouth, Massachusetts, depicts early colonial life. The Society opens the birthplace to the public for tours each summer. Much work and restoration have gone into the preservation of this historic house so that it may be preserved and maintained as a memorial to Weymouth's most distinguished daughter, Abigail Smith Adams. Located in Weymouth, Massachusetts at the intersection of North and Norton Streets. A small admission fee is charged. (781) 335-4205

Adams Academy /Quincy Historical Society

In his will, John Adams deeded 211 acres of land to the town of Quincy to be used to build a classical school when income from the property had been realized. John Adams established the Adams Temple and School Fund, to carry out his wishes. When the Adams Academy opened in 1871, it was known as one of the nation's finest preparatory schools for young men. Students came from all over the country and from other nations to attend. The school closed on April 22, 1907, since then, the money from the Fund has benifitted Quincy Public Schools and the Woodward School for Girls. In 1893, Charles Francis Adams Jr., John Adams' great-grandson, was instrumental in establishing the Quincy Historical Society, headquartered in the Academy since 1972 and home to the Quincy History Museum. The museum and gift shop are open to the public, a small admission fee is charged. Please call for hours. Contact Adams Academy/Quincy Historical Society, 8 Adams Street, Quincy, MA 02169; (617) 773-1144