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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    White's Landing

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    Lincoln

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    Judith Klein Art Gallery

    New Bedford

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  • Ye Olde Tavern Tours

    Boston

    Ye Olde Tavern Tours offers historic tavern tours in Boston. You'll walk along the Freedom Trail and see historic sites... more

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  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Concord

    More than 900 acres along original segments of April 19, 1775 Battle Road; North Bridge Visitor Center; Minute Man Visitor Center and 'Minuteman'... more

    + 20 saves
  • Boston Pizza Tours

    Boston

    Boston Pizza Tours offers unique walking tours, exploring Boston's most historic neighborhoods. Along the way enjoy slices from THREE different... more

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  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site

    Brookline

    Kennedy NHS preserves the birthplace and boyhood home of the 35th president of the United States. Kennedy spent his formative... more

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  • Longfellow National Historic Site

    Cambridge

    General George Washington's Continental Army headquarters, 1775-1776; home of poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1837-1882; gathering place for prominent... more

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  • Springfield Armory National Historic Site

    Springfield

    Springfield Armory National Historic Site commemorates and preserves the history of our Nations first armory, established in 1794. Managed together with... more

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  • The Mission House

    Stockbridge

    The Mission House is a National Historic Landmark that tells the story of the Stockbridge Mohicans and missionary John Sergeant,... more

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  • Boston African-American National Historic Site

    Boston

    15 pre-Civil War structures relating to the history of Boston's 19th-century African-American community. more

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  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem

    From the Orientation Center, National Park Service rangers will take you on tours of Friendship, Salem's own three-masted tall ship;... more

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  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

    Saugus

    This is the site of the first successful integrated iron works in North America, which produced both cast iron and... more

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  • Essex National Heritage Area

    Salem

    Covering 500 square miles of northeastern Massachusetts, Essex Heritage is home to over 200 historical sites, renowned museums, wildlife refuges, working farms... more

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  • Shelburne Falls Glacial Potholes

    Shelburne Falls

    Located on the scenic and historic Mohawk Trail in the Berkshire foothills, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts and the surrounding area is... more

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