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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  • Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour +
    1,323 saves

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Plimoth Plantation +
    633 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • The Swan Boats of Boston +
    557 saves

    The Swan Boats of Boston

    Boston

  • Paul Revere House +
    555 saves

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • Mohawk Trail +
    477 saves

    Mohawk Trail

    Millers Falls//williamstown

  • Old Town Trolley Tours +
    451 saves

    Old Town Trolley Tours

    Boston

  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area +
    353 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace +
    315 saves

    Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    Boston

  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate +
    280 saves

    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

  • The House of the Seven Gables +
    277 saves

    The House of the Seven Gables

    Salem

  • Cape Cod National Seashore +
    240 saves

    Cape Cod National Seashore

    Eastham

  • Ghosts & Gravestones Tour +
    219 saves

    Ghosts & Gravestones Tour

    Boston

  • Harvard University +
    213 saves

    Harvard University

    Cambridge

  • The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships +
    189 saves

    The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships

    Boston

  • Adams National Historical Park +
    182 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Naumkeag +
    173 saves

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
    131 saves

    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • Old South Meeting House +
    127 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

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

    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

  • The Plimoth Grist Mill +
    117 saves

    The Plimoth Grist Mill

    Plymouth

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