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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  • The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture +
    7 saves

    The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

    Boston

  • Wakefield Estate +
    7 saves

    Wakefield Estate

    Milton

  • Old North Church +
    6 saves

    Old North Church

    Boston

  • Marblehead Museum +
    5 saves

    Marblehead Museum

    Marblehead

  • Plymouth Antiquarian Society +
    5 saves

    Plymouth Antiquarian Society

    Plymouth

  • The Hahvahd Tour +
    4 saves

    The Hahvahd Tour

    Cambridge

  • Lamson & Goodnow Factory Outlet +
    4 saves

    Lamson & Goodnow Factory Outlet

    Shelburne Falls

  • Metropolitan Waterworks Museum +
    4 saves

    Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

    Boston

  • New Bedford Folk Festival +
    4 saves

    New Bedford Folk Festival

    New Bedford

  • Beverly Historical Society and Museum +
    3 saves

    Beverly Historical Society and Museum

    Beverly

  • HyArts Cultural District +
    3 saves

    HyArts Cultural District

    Hyannis, Ma.

  • FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM +
    2 saves

    FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM

    New Bedford

  • Priscilla Beach Theatre +
    2 saves

    Priscilla Beach Theatre

    Plymouth

  • Codman Estate Carriage House +
    1 saves

    Codman Estate Carriage House

    Lincoln

  • The Country Store +
    1 saves

    The Country Store

    Petersham

  • Historical Fort Phoenix +
    1 saves

    Historical Fort Phoenix

    Fairhaven

  • MIFA Victory Theatre +
    1 saves

    MIFA Victory Theatre

    Holyoke

  • Sail When and If +
    1 saves

    Sail When and If

    Hyannis

  • Salmon Falls Gallery +
    1 saves

    Salmon Falls Gallery

    Shelburne Falls

  • Sawmill River Arts Gallery +
    1 saves

    Sawmill River Arts Gallery

    Montague Center

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