Bradley Palmer State Park & Wading Pool
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This 721-acre former estate features pine needled paths, acres of sunny rolling meadows and spectacular rhododendrons which line old carriage roads. Peak bloom is usually in mid-June. Download Trail Map
The Bradley Palmer State Park Wading Pool is a large, shallow, pleasant place for little ones to get wet. There are lifeguards, bathrooms, a small climbing structure, and lots of shady lounging areas.
There is no food for sale, but ice cream trucks make helpful visits.
Daily parking fees apply at the accessible trail parking lot, the main parking lot, and the pool parking lot. The fee is $5.00 for Massachusetts personal vehicles. When pool capacity is reached all access is closed until space becomes available. No vehicles, walkers, or bicyclists are allowed in when the pool is at capacity.
Walk-ins free. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
*There is a limited capacity so it's important to get in line early
Groups of 10 or more require prior authorization to enter.
Asbury St, Topsfield, MA map
From North or South: Take Rte. 1 to Topsfield, right on Ipswich Rd., right on Asbury St.
From Newburyport: Take Route 1 south to Topsfield (approximately 8 miles). Turn left onto Ipswich Road at set of lights. Follow Ipswich Road 1.2 miles then take a right onto Asbury Street. The park entrance is located approximately ¼ mile on the left.
Once inside the park, continue past first parking lot onto paved road. Turn left into pool parking area after about one mile.
Great spot!Took my niece here when she was visiting, and she LOVED it! We had a blast. Totally worth the $5 parking fee, too...It's a really long walk otherwise.
Great Place To Go Swimming!!I never knew about this park until I read it in the AAA magazine. I took my son there recently and we loved it! I usually take my son to the beach in Gloucester but it's soo expensive to park there. This beach had two lifeguards on duty, ice cream truck , and a great playground to play on! We will definitely be going back!!!
Bridge Is Out!!!!!!!you may want to call for directions the bridge that you need to cross is under construction until November 2008. I had to go an additional 10 miles from the entrance and enter from Wenham Ma. Although this was a pain and out of the way the pool is still worth it!
Excellent Place!There were 4 lifeguards on duty. We had a great time. We met some new people and just had fun splashing around. We decided last minute to go since the weather warmed up. I found out that they have new hours this year 10 am til 6pm. An extra 2 hrs from last summer. Great place to take the kids.
A Wet And Wonderful Treat!This place was an absolutely perfect get-away on a hot summer day for my kids (and me!). my 1year old and 3 year old had a ball for hours...the pool is around 2 feet deep at its deepest and the entiire thing is shaped in a concave fashion (like a contact lens)...it progressively gets deeper...going from inches around the perimeter to 2 feet in the middle where there is a big mushroom that water cascades down from (liike a cylindrical waterfall). some parents were standing in the water, some were sitting at the water's edge some were in lawn chairs on the plush grass that surrounds the whole thing. there is a small 3-5yr old appropriate jungle gym with padded floor next to the pool. the bathrooms are OK. bring lunch and a lawn chair/towels and you and get ready for a great afternoon (you can definitely count on the kids napping after this activity!)
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