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 +
    434 saves

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • The Swan Boats of Boston +
    195 saves

    The Swan Boats of Boston

    Boston

  • Plimoth Plantation +
    183 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Mohawk Trail +
    169 saves

    Mohawk Trail

    Millers Falls//williamstown

  • Paul Revere House +
    144 saves

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area +
    132 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Old Town Trolley Tours +
    128 saves

    Old Town Trolley Tours

    Boston

  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate +
    98 saves

    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace +
    91 saves

    Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    Boston

  • DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS +
    68 saves

    DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS

    Plymouth

  • Ghosts & Gravestones Tour +
    66 saves

    Ghosts & Gravestones Tour

    Boston

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

    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

  • Adams National Historical Park +
    53 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Naumkeag +
    53 saves

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

  • Cape Cod National Seashore +
    43 saves

    Cape Cod National Seashore

    Eastham

  • Cape Kayaking +
    41 saves

    Cape Kayaking

    Eatham

  • Fruitlands Museum +
    35 saves

    Fruitlands Museum

    Harvard

  • Plimoth grist Mill +
    35 saves

    Plimoth grist Mill

    Plymouth

  • MASS MoCA +
    34 saves

    MASS MoCA

    North Adams

  • Museum of African American History +
    34 saves

    Museum of African American History

    Boston

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