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 Mount, Edith Wharton's Home +
    127 saves

    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

  • Cape Kayaking +
    120 saves

    Cape Kayaking

    Eatham

  • Historic Deerfield +
    119 saves

    Historic Deerfield

    Deerfield

  • Old State House +
    114 saves

    Old State House

    Boston

  • Lexington Battle Green Guides +
    110 saves

    Lexington Battle Green Guides

    Lexington

  • Old North Church +
    96 saves

    Old North Church

    Boston

  • Yummy Walks +
    95 saves

    Yummy Walks

    Boston

  • Cambridge Historical Tours +
    86 saves

    Cambridge Historical Tours

    Cambridge

  • Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours +
    85 saves

    Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours

    Salem

  • USS Constitution +
    85 saves

    USS Constitution

    Charlestown

  • Fruitlands Museum +
    84 saves

    Fruitlands Museum

    Harvard

  • Pilgrim Progress +
    81 saves

    Pilgrim Progress

    Plymouth

  • Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University +
    79 saves

    Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    Boston

  • Museum of African American History +
    74 saves

    Museum of African American History

    Boston

  • The Old Manse +
    73 saves

    The Old Manse

    Concord

  • Liberty Ride +
    68 saves

    Liberty Ride

    Lexington

  • Old South Church in Boston +
    67 saves

    Old South Church in Boston

    Boston

  • Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property +
    60 saves

    Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property

    Gloucester

  • Brooks Woodland Preserve +
    58 saves

    Brooks Woodland Preserve

    Petersham

  • Maritime Gloucester +
    57 saves

    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

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