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Bradley Palmer State Park

What to Bring

Blankets   Water
Snacks   Bathing suits
Insect repellent
Bikes, rollers,




From Boston, take Route 128 North
Take exit 20A for Route 1A North
Continue straight on Route 1A until you
reach Wenham

When you see Wenham’s white church
straight ahead, prepare to turn left on Arbor road; the intersection is right after the

Arbor becomes Highland Street
Continue straight at intersection with
Asbury Grove
Continue for 1 mile until you see Bradley
Palmer’s unpaved parking on the left (small “Parking” sign). If you reach the large sign for Bradley Palmer with a gate barring a
side road, you have gone too far – the
parking in about 100 yards before that
  Good to know in advance
Restrooms available near pool and at main entrance

Free map available at headquarters and
online at: www.mass.gov

Pets on leash – clean up after them
Carry out your trash
Stay on trails
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Difficulty: 1/5
  Time from Boston: 1 hour
  Duration: Half or full day


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A wading pool for the kids and trails to explore the outdoors. Where else to spend a great afternoon?

Bradley Palmer State Park is a great place for adults and kids alike. This destination takes you to the south entrance, where several picnic tables, a wading pool, a bikeway and a few hiking trails will allow you to spend a full day or an afternoon full of activities for the whole family.

The parking lots inside the park are rarely open; most of the time, you will park on the small unpaved lot before the entrance and walk about 200 yards to the pool.

The main road along the pool is closed to car traffic. This bikeway is therefore a great way to explore the park safely with the little ones. Whether on your bike, on their own or in a bike trailer, children will enjoy this one-mile trek all the more as it allows you to reach the other side of the park where the headquarters are situated.

Please note that pool hours are restricted this summer, and as of August 2004, the pool was open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-4 pm. There is a $5 daily use fee.

If you prefer walking, you can explore the several hiking trail on the pool's side of the park – they extend on both sides of the bikeway. For a longer walk in the park, check our Walking in Bradley Palmer State Park destination.