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 +
    428 saves

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Paul Revere House +
    144 saves

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area +
    131 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Old Town Trolley Tours +
    126 saves

    Old Town Trolley Tours

    Boston

  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace +
    91 saves

    Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    Boston

  • Ghosts & Gravestones Tour +
    66 saves

    Ghosts & Gravestones Tour

    Boston

  • Museum of African American History +
    33 saves

    Museum of African American History

    Boston

  • Old South Meeting House +
    32 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships +
    30 saves

    The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships

    Boston

  • Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island +
    22 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island

    Boston

  • CityView Trolleys +
    19 saves

    CityView Trolleys

    Boston

  • The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture +
    5 saves

    The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

    Boston

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

    Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property

    Boston

  • Yummy Walks +
    3 saves

    Yummy Walks

    Boston

  • Ye Olde Tavern Tours

    Boston

    Ye Olde Tavern Tours offers historic tavern tours in Boston. You'll walk along the Freedom Trail and see historic sites... more

    + 16 saves
  • 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

    + 11 saves
  • 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

    + 5 saves
  • 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

    + 1 saves
  • 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

    + 0 saves

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