Massachusetts’ national parks run the gamut from wide-open spaces, such as the Cape Cod National Seashore, to urban parks that preserve the state’s, and the nation’s, rich historic past, such as the Freedom Trail – Boston National Historical Park.

Some, like the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area offer both windows into the past and recreational activities.

The Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord is where “the shot heard ’round the world” was fired. Springfield Armory National Historic Site houses a world-renowned firearms collection. The Lowell National Historical Park and the Blackstone River Valley Heritage Corridor testify to the rise and fall of Massachusetts’ textile industry. The historic buildings and wharves of the Salem Maritime National Historical Site tell the stories of the sailors, Revolutionary War Privateers and merchants who brought the riches of the Far East to America.

  • Minute Man National Historic Park, Concord

  • John F. Kennedy Library, Boston

  • Adams National Park, Quincy

  • Cape Cod National Seashore

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  • Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour +
    1,351 saves

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Plimoth Plantation +
    649 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Paul Revere House +
    568 saves

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • The Swan Boats of Boston +
    566 saves

    The Swan Boats of Boston

    Boston

  • Mohawk Trail +
    487 saves

    Mohawk Trail

    Millers Falls//williamstown

  • Old Town Trolley Tours +
    459 saves

    Old Town Trolley Tours

    Boston

  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area +
    356 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace +
    324 saves

    Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    Boston

  • The House of the Seven Gables +
    286 saves

    The House of the Seven Gables

    Salem

  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate +
    284 saves

    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

  • Cape Cod National Seashore +
    252 saves

    Cape Cod National Seashore

    Eastham

  • Ghosts & Gravestones Tour +
    228 saves

    Ghosts & Gravestones Tour

    Boston

  • Harvard University +
    219 saves

    Harvard University

    Cambridge

  • Adams National Historical Park +
    195 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships +
    193 saves

    The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships

    Boston

  • Naumkeag +
    177 saves

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
    138 saves

    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • Old South Meeting House +
    130 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home +
    121 saves

    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

  • The Plimoth Grist Mill +
    119 saves

    The Plimoth Grist Mill

    Plymouth

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