city in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States

Quincy is in Massachusetts. Quincy was the birthplace of presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams. United States Declaration of Independence signer and first Massachusetts governor John Hancock was also born here. Quincy produced the first commercial railroad in the country in order to transport the granite from its quarries to Boston for use in many buildings there. Quincy's shipbuilding history started with sailing ships in the 1800s and continued with battleships at the Fore River Shipyard. Howard Johnson's and Dunkin Donuts restaurants were also started here.

Abigail and John Quincy Adams

Get in


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By train


By bus

  • Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA or "T"), Phone: +1 617-222-5215. Quincy has a number of bus routes as well. Many bus routes are numbered in the 200s and operate from Quincy Center station, with a few additional connect at other Quincy Red Line stops.

By car


Interstate 93 runs south from Boston through Quincy. You can also use Route 3A from Neponset Circle to get deeper into Quincy.

Get around

Map of Quincy (Massachusetts)

Quincy is primarily residential, although the area around Quincy center is solidly urban. You can reach much of the city by bus, but most things worth seeing are within walking distance of an MBTA (Red Line) station. Bus routes here are a little less frequent, being further out of Boston. Quincy Center is the major hub for much of the bus routes, make connections here.

  • 1 Adams National Historical Park, 1250 Hancock St, +1 617 770-1175, fax: +1 617 472-7562, . Historic homes: Apr 19 through Nov 10. Daily 9AM-5PM; Visitor Center is open during the Winter Season: Tu-F 10AM-4PM. Tours include the Old House and the Birthplaces. To see the historic homes, you must join a tour. The last tour leaves at 3:15PM. Site orientation is also available here, along with exhibits, a bookstore and the site's only public restrooms. The 14 acre (56,600 m²) park is comprised of the Birthplaces of John and John Quincy Adams, the Old House and the United First Parish Church. Reservations are required for groups of 8 or more, however, there is no group rate. You can also see the "Adam's Mansion," home of US President John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams, within a short walking distance of the Quincy Center MBTA (redline) station. $15, under 16 free.    
  • 2 Dorothy Quincy Homestead, 39 Butler Rd. May-mid Oct. M-F 9AM-1PM.    
The Adams Pew inside the United First Parish Church
  • 3 Quincy Historical Society, 8 Adams St, +1 617 773-1144. M-F 9AM-4PM, Sa Noon-4PM. Excellent overview of Quincy history in lovely stone building built on the site of Hancock's birth. $3.    
  • 4 Hancock Cemetery, 1305 Hancock St (Adjacent to City Hall). Graves of the Adams and Quincy families and John Hancock's father. Interesting graveyard art. Free.    
  • 5 United First Parish Church, 1306 Hancock St (across from City Hall), +1 617-773-1290.    
  • 6 Thomas Crane Public Library, 40 Washington St, +1 617 376-1301. M-Th 9AM-9PM, Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM. Free.    
  • 7 Josiah Quincy House, 20 Muirhead St, +1 617-227-3957 ext 256. Seasonal. Tours on the hour. $4.    
  • 8 USS Salem & the U.S. Naval Shipbuilding Museum, 739 Washington St, +1 617 479-7900. The USS Salem is a 716 foot long US Navy Heavy Cruiser Gunship and is the worlds only example of that class of ship. The Salem was among the most advanced war ships of her day and served until 1959. She is now permanently moored at the place of her birth, the former Fore River Shipyard in historic Quincy, MA. The ship is also home to the US Naval Shipbuilding museum and has on display thousands of items relating to Naval history and shipbuilding. Summer daily 10AM-5PM; Winter Sa,Su 10AM-4PM. General Admission $5, children under 4 free, Active Duty Military free. Group guided tours are available with a reservation.    
  • Boston Harbor Islands State Park, Phone: +1 617-727-5290, [1]. Take a ferry (703 Washington St., Phone: +1 617-223-8666, [2][dead link]) out to George's Island and water shuttles to visit any of five other islands in Boston Harbor. Ranger-led activities, events, narrations, or just swim, picnic, camp or fish.
  • 1 Quincy Quarries. The Quincy Quarries have supplied granite to Boston and buildings around the world with the tell-tale 'fingers' and bluish color. Now, they are empty and great places to hike or take a walk during the day. Some areas are filled with color by generations of teenagers' graffiti, others are used for rockclimbing, and you can walk down the United States' oldest railroad, an ox-drawn train to transport granite to the harbor for transportation to Boston or further.


  • 2 Wollaston Beach, +1 617 727-5114. Quincy Shore Drive. Nice 2.5-mile-long beach with lifeguards, free parking, and a bathhouse with public restrooms.    
  • 3 Black's Creek. Blacks Creek, along Wollaston Beach, is a very scenic marshland and creek. There are some paths through it, though few are maintained. However there are paths along it opposite the paths along the beach making for a fantastic walk up the beach and back along the marsh. Nestled into Blacks Creek is "Kincade Island", a peninsula into the creek with a children's playground and benches, and is entered by crossing a short wooden bridge.
  • 4 Quincy Shores Reservation, +1 617 727-5290. Quincy Shore Drive. Popular jogging and bicycling trail and beach.    
  • 5 Nickerson Beach, 120 Dorchester St, +1 617 376-1251. Free parking  
  • 1 The Fours, 15 Cottage Ave. Sports themed bar and restaurant with good food and decent beer.
  • 2 Gennaro's, 12 Blanchard Rd. Delicious Italian food in North End style but with a large menu and terrific price per portion (though upfront price seems $$). Portions are humongous, a large easily feeding two people, and side salads are very inexpensive. $
  • 3 Newcomb Farms, 93 Beale St. Wollaston - DOwn home good food, at a reasonable price$
  • 4 La Paloma, 195 Newport Ave, +1 617 773-0512. Lunch, dinner. Good Mexican food. $$
  • 5 Inn at Bay Pointe, 64 Washington Ct, +1 617 472-3200. Dine waterfront on the Town River. $$
  • 6 Captain Fishbones, 332 Victory Rd, +1 617 471-3511. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch. Dine outside along the boardwalk at the marina. $-$$
  • 7 Classic India, 1585 Hancock St, +1 617 786-9459. Lunch and dinner. $$
  • 8 Webster's Eatery, 25 Scammel St, +1 617-123-4567. So. Quincy. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Specializes in Middle Eastern delicasies $
  • 9 Falafel King, 1504 Hancock St, +1 617 773-0100. Middle Eastern food. $$
  • 10 Dunkin' Dounuts, 543 Southern Artery, +1 617-472-9502. 5AM-11PM daily. The first Dunks in America. The original building is long gone, this replacement Dunkin' has been around since 2010 or so. Everything else you know and love is in place: low prices, weak coffee, and indifferent customer service. A plaque hangs outside the building showing its significance. $5-10.



Quincy, especially along and around Hancock Street in Quincy Center, has a large number of bars. They are generally filled with locals from Quincy and surrounding areas. Popular bars include The Stadium and The Commonwealth. Unlike Boston, though, Quincy bars close at 1 AM.

  • 1 The Fours, 15 Cottage Ave, +1 617 471-4447. Was named #1 Sports Bar in America by Sports Illustrated.
  • 2 The Half-Door, 1514-1516 Hancock St, +1 617 472-8600. Comfortable, frequently features cover bands and Irish balladeers.



Go next


The many attractions of Boston and Plymouth are only a short train ride away. Cape Cod or the North Shore are good day trips, too.

Routes through Quincy
BostonMilton  N     S  BraintreeCanton
Ends at    Boston  N   S  WeymouthPlymouth
END  N   S  BraintreeKingston
Downtown BostonDorchester  N   S  BraintreeEND
ENDBoston  NW   SE  WeymouthScituate
ENDBoston  NW   SE  RandolphLakeville
ENDBoston  NW   SE  BraintreeHalifax

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