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 +
    1,477 saves

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Plimoth Plantation +
    713 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Paul Revere House +
    632 saves

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • The Swan Boats of Boston +
    615 saves

    The Swan Boats of Boston

    Boston

  • Mohawk Trail +
    523 saves

    Mohawk Trail

    Millers Falls//williamstown

  • Old Town Trolley Tours +
    504 saves

    Old Town Trolley Tours

    Boston

  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area +
    369 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace +
    357 saves

    Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    Boston

  • The House of the Seven Gables +
    321 saves

    The House of the Seven Gables

    Salem

  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate +
    299 saves

    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

  • Cape Cod National Seashore +
    275 saves

    Cape Cod National Seashore

    Eastham

  • Ghosts & Gravestones Tour +
    250 saves

    Ghosts & Gravestones Tour

    Boston

  • Harvard University +
    241 saves

    Harvard University

    Cambridge

  • The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships +
    214 saves

    The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships

    Boston

  • Adams National Historical Park +
    213 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Naumkeag +
    184 saves

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
    151 saves

    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • Old South Meeting House +
    142 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • CityView Trolleys +
    137 saves

    CityView Trolleys

    Boston

  • The Plimoth Grist Mill +
    134 saves

    The Plimoth Grist Mill

    Plymouth

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