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 Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships +
    30 saves

    The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships

    Boston

  • Liberty Ride +
    16 saves

    Liberty Ride

    Lexington

  • Long Hill +
    9 saves

    Long Hill

    Beverly

  • Lowell National Historical Park and Boott Cotton Mills Museum +
    16 saves

    Lowell National Historical Park and Boott Cotton Mills Museum

    Lowell

  • MASS MoCA +
    34 saves

    MASS MoCA

    North Adams

  • Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gardens at Elm Bank +
    3 saves

    Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gardens at Elm Bank

    Wellesley

  • Metropolitan Waterworks Museum +
    0 saves

    Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

    Boston

  • Mohawk Trail +
    169 saves

    Mohawk Trail

    Millers Falls//williamstown

  • The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home +
    54 saves

    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

  • Museum of African American History +
    34 saves

    Museum of African American History

    Boston

  • Naumkeag +
    53 saves

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

  • New Bedford Folk Festival +
    1 saves

    New Bedford Folk Festival

    New Bedford

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park +
    7 saves

    New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    New Bedford

  • Notchview Reservation +
    19 saves

    Notchview Reservation

    Windsor

  • The Old Manse +
    23 saves

    The Old Manse

    Concord

  • Old South Meeting House +
    32 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • Old Town Trolley Tours +
    128 saves

    Old Town Trolley Tours

    Boston

  • Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property +
    3 saves

    Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property

    Boston

  • Paul Revere House +
    144 saves

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • Phillips House Museum +
    8 saves

    Phillips House Museum

    Salem

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