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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  • Beverly Historical Society and Museum +
    3 saves

    Beverly Historical Society and Museum

    Beverly

  • Lamson & Goodnow Factory Outlet +
    3 saves

    Lamson & Goodnow Factory Outlet

    Shelburne Falls

  • New Bedford Folk Festival +
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    New Bedford Folk Festival

    New Bedford

  • Plymouth 911 Memorial +
    3 saves

    Plymouth 911 Memorial

    Plymouth

  • White's Landing +
    3 saves

    White's Landing

    Brookfield

  • Lexington Historical Society +
    2 saves

    Lexington Historical Society

    Lexington

  • Plymouth Antiquarian Society +
    2 saves

    Plymouth Antiquarian Society

    Plymouth

  • FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM +
    1 saves

    FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM

    New Bedford

  • MIFA Victory Theatre +
    1 saves

    MIFA Victory Theatre

    Holyoke

  • Western Avenue Studios +
    1 saves

    Western Avenue Studios

    Lowell

  • Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property +
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    Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property

    Gloucester

  • Codman Estate Carriage House +
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    Codman Estate Carriage House

    Lincoln

  • Historical Fort Phoenix +
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    Historical Fort Phoenix

    Fairhaven

  • HyArts Cultural District +
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    HyArts Cultural District

    Hyannis, Ma.

  • Judith Klein Art Gallery +
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    Judith Klein Art Gallery

    New Bedford

  • Old Stone Schoolhouse +
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    Old Stone Schoolhouse

    Fairhaven

  • Priscilla Beach Theatre +
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    Priscilla Beach Theatre

    Plymouth

  • Salmon Falls Gallery +
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    Salmon Falls Gallery

    Shelburne Falls

  • Sawmill River Arts Gallery +
    0 saves

    Sawmill River Arts Gallery

    Montague Center

  • Westport Historical Society - Handy House +
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    Westport Historical Society - Handy House

    Westport

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