Picnic Spots in Concord MA
Here’s where to find a quiet spot to have your picnic, where to fill your water bottles, and locations of public toilets in Concord, Massachusetts:
Concord Visitor Center
The Visitor Center (tel 978-318-3100) has public toilets (open all year), a water fountain, visitor information (open 10am to 4pm in summer), two picnic tables, benches, and bike rack at 58 Main Street between the Bank of America and Middlesex Savings Bank in the very center of town.
Concord Library Lawn
Central location at the junction of Main Street and Sudbury Road with numerous small tables & chairs, and a few benches, set out on the lawn for picnics and/or conversation. Drinking water fountain and toilets inside the library.
Small verdant centrally-located park at 15 Lowell Road, with a small bench (no table; water & toilets at nearby Concord Visitor Center.)
Several picnic tables on a grassy area with trees (no water) at 138 Keyes Road. Toilets & water in the nearby Concord Visitor Center.
Old North Bridge, Minute Man Park
Look behind (on the river side) of Minute Man National Historical Park’s North Bridge Visitor Center (Buttrick Mansion on Liberty Street) to find these shaded café tables with views of the Concord River. Picnic tables are nearby beneath the great old trees. Water fountain and toilets are in the Visitor Center. Other picnic tables (some with shade) are on the grass lawn of the parking area at 31B Monument Street, near the Robbins House.
Large park with sports fields, children’s play area, picnic tables in both sun & shade, water fountain & toilets at 90 Stow Street.
Thoreau Street Pocket Park
If you arrive in Concord on the MBTA Commuter Rail train from Boston, the Thoreau Street Pocket Park is just across Thoreau Street from the Concord Depot (train station). It’s not the best picnic spot, but you can fill your water bottle here before walking to the town center.
On the shore of Fairyland Pond in Hapgood Wright Town Forest near the intersection of Thoreau and Walden streets is a shady council circle of benches with views of the pond. No services, but a beautiful, tranquil setting. Insect repellent recommended in warm, moist weather.
Nashawtuck (River Confluence)
Nashawtuck, Algonquin for “meeting of the rivers,” was the name used by indigenous people for the spot where the Sudbury and Assabet rivers join to form the Concord River. A grassy area and a bench are accessible via the Lowell Road Boat Ramp near the Lowell Road bridge over the river. No services, but views of the rivers and of Egg Rock, the site of the indigenous village across the water. Insect repellent recommended in warm, moist weather.
Picnic tables were removed from Walden Pond State Reservation at the onset of the COVID19 pandemic. As of June 2021, they have not been replaced. Bring your own chairs or beach blanket. There are a few log benches near the Visitor Center next to the parking lots. Water fountain & toilets by the swimming beach, and in the Visitor Center.
The small, shady park at 1228 Main Street, corner of Commonwealth Avenue next to the West Concord Depot (train station), has numerous benches.
The small park at 44 Commonwealth Avenue, corner of Church Street, across from Concord Teacakes, has benches and a drinking water fountain & water bottle filler.
West Concord Depot
The West Concord MBTA Commuter Rail train station has benches by the tracks, some with shade. Water at nearby Mandrioli Park. Toilets for Club Car Cafe Customers.
The Fowler Branch of the Concord Free Public Library, 1322 Main Street at Church Street, has benches, tables & chairs outside, some shade, toilets & water inside.
A large park with sports fields, water fountain, toilets, open-air and sheltered picnic tables only a six-minute walk from the West Concord Depot (train station) along Commonwealth Avenue and Laws Brook Road (GPS: 75 Laws Brook Road).