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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  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park +
    29 saves

    New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    New Bedford

  • The Emily Dickinson Museum +
    28 saves

    The Emily Dickinson Museum

    Amherst

  • Ipswich Museum +
    27 saves

    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

  • Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy +
    21 saves

    Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy

    Quincy

  • Long Hill +
    21 saves

    Long Hill

    Beverly

  • Appleton Farms +
    20 saves

    Appleton Farms

    Ipswich

  • Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate +
    19 saves

    Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate

    Canton

  • The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts +
    19 saves

    The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

    Worcester

  • Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate +
    19 saves

    Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate

    Waltham

  • Gedney House Museum +
    18 saves

    Gedney House Museum

    Salem

  • The Hahvahd Tour +
    16 saves

    The Hahvahd Tour

    Cambridge

  • Hedge House Museum +
    16 saves

    Hedge House Museum

    Plymouth

  • HyArts Cultural District +
    16 saves

    HyArts Cultural District

    Hyannis, Ma.

  • Lexington Historical Society +
    16 saves

    Lexington Historical Society

    Lexington

  • Gore Place +
    15 saves

    Gore Place

    Waltham

  • White's Landing +
    15 saves

    White's Landing

    Brookfield

  • Hale Farm +
    14 saves

    Hale Farm

    Beverly

  • Sargent House Museum +
    14 saves

    Sargent House Museum

    Gloucester

  • The Stone House Museum +
    14 saves

    The Stone House Museum

    Belchertown

  • Willowdale Estate +
    14 saves

    Willowdale Estate

    Topsfield

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