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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  • 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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  • NORTH END BOSTON CAT WALK TOUR

    Boston

    Coming in April 2014 a unique tour of Boston's North End thru the eyes of some of our notable neighborhood feline... more

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  • Quincy History Museum at Quincy Historical Society

    Quincy

    The Quincy History Museum at Quincy Historical Society takes you through more than 400 years of some of America's richest, most... more

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  • Rock House Reservation

    West Brookfield

    Built by the glacier and blessed by indigenous tribes who hunted and worshiped here, the cave-like shelter and its surroundings... more

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  • Rudd Art Museum

    North Adams

    Celebrating our 11th summer season! RUDD ART MUSEUM "A Chapel for Humanity" The chapel has been created by... 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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  • 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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  • Soule Homestead Education Center

    Middleboro

    Founded to provide environmental educational programs, to promote organic agriculture, traditional crafts and cultural events. The Homestead hosts a Harvest... more

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  • The Spirits of Charlestown

    Charlestown

    A 90-minute SPIRIT filled tour along the Freedom Trail through the charming gas lit streets and spooky historical sites of... 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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  • Stevens-Coolidge Place

    North Andover

    The Stevens-Coolidge Place is a wonderful example of "the country place," when rural retreats were designed as places... more

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  • Tantiusques Reservation

    Sturbridge

    Hike through forested trails and visit the site of a former lead mine used by Native Americans and, later, European... more

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  • Thomas Crane Public Library

    Quincy

    Built in 1881 by noted architect Henry Hobson Richardson - who also designed Boston's famed Trinity Church - the Thomas Thomas... more

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  • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

    Princeton

    With a 1,000-foot vertical drop and 2,000-foot elevation; 22 trails and 8 lifts; Wachusett is the closest big mountain skiing to Boston.... more

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  • Wasque Reservation

    Chappaquidick Island

    This southeastern corner of Martha's Vineyard is undergoing dramatic change due to the seismic currents which are re-shaping this coastal... more

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  • Wesport Town Farm

    Westport

    At Westport Town Farm, livestock again graze on open fields. An antique farmhouse, dairy barn, corn crib, and stone walls... more

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  • William Cullen Bryant Homestead

    Cummington

    The serene vista of the Westfield River Valley that inspired one of America's greatest poets. The Homestead's pastoral landscape, largely... more

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