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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  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin +
    13 saves

    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Athol

  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace +
    93 saves

    Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    Boston

  • First Parish Plymouth Meetinghouse Tours +
    9 saves

    First Parish Plymouth Meetinghouse Tours

    Plymouth

  • Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour +
    436 saves

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Fruitlands Museum +
    35 saves

    Fruitlands Museum

    Harvard

  • Gedney House Museum +
    4 saves

    Gedney House Museum

    Salem

  • Ghosts & Gravestones Tour +
    66 saves

    Ghosts & Gravestones Tour

    Boston

  • Gore Place +
    5 saves

    Gore Place

    Waltham

  • Grafton Country Store +
    19 saves

    Grafton Country Store

    Grafton

  • Hale Farm +
    5 saves

    Hale Farm

    Beverly

  • Hancock Cemetery, Quincy +
    14 saves

    Hancock Cemetery, Quincy

    Quincy

  • Harwich Antique Center +
    11 saves

    Harwich Antique Center

    West Harwich

  • Historic Deerfield +
    17 saves

    Historic Deerfield

    Deerfield

  • Ipswich Museum +
    5 saves

    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

  • Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property +
    10 saves

    Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property

    Quincy

  • Judith Klein Art Gallery +
    0 saves

    Judith Klein Art Gallery

    New Bedford

  • KALON FARM +
    3 saves

    KALON FARM

    Ashburnham

  • Lamson & Goodnow Factory Outlet +
    2 saves

    Lamson & Goodnow Factory Outlet

    Shelburne Falls

  • Lexington Battle Green Guides +
    27 saves

    Lexington Battle Green Guides

    Lexington

  • Lexington Historical Society +
    1 saves

    Lexington Historical Society

    Lexington

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