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, Lincoln

  • John F. Kennedy Library, Boston

  • Adams National Park, Quincy

  • Cape Cod National Seashore

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  • Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour +
    241 saves

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Mohawk Trail +
    119 saves

    Mohawk Trail

    Millers Falls//williamstown

  • The Swan Boats of Boston +
    90 saves

    The Swan Boats of Boston

    Boston

  • Paul Revere House +
    65 saves

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • Old Town Trolley Tours +
    62 saves

    Old Town Trolley Tours

    Boston

  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area +
    58 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate +
    56 saves

    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace +
    53 saves

    Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    Boston

  • DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS +
    36 saves

    DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS

    Plymouth

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

    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

  • Ghosts & Gravestones Tour +
    32 saves

    Ghosts & Gravestones Tour

    Boston

  • Boston's Best Cruises +
    30 saves

    Boston's Best Cruises

    Boston

  • Adams National Historical Park +
    24 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Fruitlands Museum +
    23 saves

    Fruitlands Museum

    Harvard

  • MASS MoCA +
    23 saves

    MASS MoCA

    North Adams

  • Naumkeag +
    22 saves

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

  • Cape Kayaking +
    20 saves

    Cape Kayaking

    Eatham

  • The Old Manse +
    20 saves

    The Old Manse

    Concord

  • Old South Meeting House +
    19 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University +
    18 saves

    Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    Boston

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