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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  • Ashley House

    Ashley Falls

    The Ashley House tells the intertwined stories of the Ashleys and the enslaved African Americans who lived here in the 18... more

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  • Balch House

    Beverly

    This 17th century home represents one of Beverly's first settlers, John Balch. He may have lived in a crude early... 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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  • 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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  • Chelsea Art Walk

    Chelsea

    This years Art Walk is June 14th and 15th from 12:00 - 6:00 pm in Chelsea, MA. The Chelsea Art Walk is... more

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  • Duxbury Rural and Historical Society

    Duxbury

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  • Essex County Greenbelt

    Essex

    Since 1961, Essex County Greenbelt has been working to protect the farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic landscapes for the benefit of... 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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  • Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

    Brookline

    Former home/office of Frederick Law Olmsted, founder of American landscape architecture; plans and photos of his firm's work. Closed... more

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  • The Hahvahd Tour

    Cambridge

    The Hahvahd Tour is the most popular tour of Harvard University. You, the guest enjoy a one-of-a-kind theatrical journey through... more

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  • Jacob Hill Farm

    Seekonk

    A Massachusetts Landmark - The original building was built between 1722 from 1924 to 1943 the property was used as the Jacobs Hill... 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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  • John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

    Whitinsville

    Industrial Revolution Heritage Trail; canal boat rides; and hiking. more

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  • Joseph S. Kennedy Tours

    Boston

    Built in 1985, the fifty foot Joseph S. Kennedy was a Navy Utility Boat assigned to the U.S.S. Roosevelt.... 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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  • Mary Baker Eddy Historic House - Chestnut Hill, MA

    Chestnut Hill

    Tour this large stone building, originally built for a Boston family in the 1880s. The last home of Mary Baker... more

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  • Mary Baker Eddy Historic House - Stoughton, MA

    Stoughton

    Visit the farmhouse and shoe shop of Alanson and Sally Wentworth, who welcomed Mary Baker Eddy (the discoverer of Christian... 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

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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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  • Newburyport Art Association

    Newburyport

    The Newburyport Art Association was founded in 1948. The NAA is dedicated to promoting and exhibiting our members' work, to providing... more

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