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 Center

Concord Visitor Center

Concord MA 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.

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.

 

Chamberlin Park

Chamberlin Park

Small verdant centrally-located park at 15 Lowell Road, with a small bench (no table; water & toilets at nearby Concord  Visitor Center.)

Keyes Road

Picnic tables on Keyes Road

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

Café tables, Minute Man National Historical 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.

Emerson Playground

Emerson Playground

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

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.

Fairyland Pond

Benches at Fairyland Pond

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)

Musketaquid: 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.

Walden Pond

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.

West Concord

Junction Park

Junction Park, West Concord MA

The small, shady park at 1228 Main Street, corner of Commonwealth Avenue next to the West Concord Depot (train station), has numerous benches.

Mandrioli Park

Mandrioli Park, West Concord MA

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

West Concord MA Depot (train station)

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.

Fowler Library

Fowler Branch, Concord Free Public Library

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.

Nashoba Brook

Nashoba Brook

Several small tables, chairs and benches between Nashoba Brook Bakery and the pedestrian bridge over the brook; little shade. Toilets & drinking water inside for Bakery clients.

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Bridge

The Rail Trail bridge over the Assabet River has several benches, some shade, quiet, and views of the river.

Rideout Playground

Rideout Playground, West Concord MA

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).

SAC Rivers Canoe Launch Picnic Spot

SAC Rivers Picnic Spot

The Sudbury, Assabet & Concord River Council has a shady picnic spot and canoe launch point at 36A Baker Avenue, north of the intersection with Main Street: two picnic tables; no other services.