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 +
    727 saves

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Plimoth Plantation +
    337 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • The Swan Boats of Boston +
    306 saves

    The Swan Boats of Boston

    Boston

  • Paul Revere House +
    287 saves

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • Mohawk Trail +
    281 saves

    Mohawk Trail

    Millers Falls//williamstown

  • Old Town Trolley Tours +
    236 saves

    Old Town Trolley Tours

    Boston

  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area +
    201 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace +
    170 saves

    Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    Boston

  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate +
    166 saves

    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

  • DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS +
    126 saves

    DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS

    Plymouth

  • Ghosts & Gravestones Tour +
    111 saves

    Ghosts & Gravestones Tour

    Boston

  • Harvard University +
    104 saves

    Harvard University

    Cambridge

  • Naumkeag +
    95 saves

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

  • Adams National Historical Park +
    94 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Cape Cod National Seashore +
    90 saves

    Cape Cod National Seashore

    Eastham

  • The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships +
    77 saves

    The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships

    Boston

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

    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

  • Old South Meeting House +
    68 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • Plimoth grist Mill +
    60 saves

    Plimoth grist Mill

    Plymouth

  • Cape Kayaking +
    58 saves

    Cape Kayaking

    Eatham

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