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, Lincoln

  • John F. Kennedy Library, Boston

  • Adams National Park, Quincy

  • Cape Cod National Seashore

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  • Cape Kayaking +
    17 saves

    Cape Kayaking

    Eatham

  • Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University +
    16 saves

    Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    Boston

  • Plimoth grist Mill +
    16 saves

    Plimoth grist Mill

    Plymouth

  • Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch +
    15 saves

    Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch

    Gloucester

  • Grafton Country Store +
    15 saves

    Grafton Country Store

    Grafton

  • Notchview Reservation +
    15 saves

    Notchview Reservation

    Windsor

  • Museum of African American History +
    14 saves

    Museum of African American History

    Boston

  • Lexington Battle Green Guides +
    12 saves

    Lexington Battle Green Guides

    Lexington

  • Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island +
    10 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island

    Boston

  • Salem Old Town Hall +
    10 saves

    Salem Old Town Hall

    Salem

  • Hancock Cemetery, Quincy +
    9 saves

    Hancock Cemetery, Quincy

    Quincy

  • Liberty Ride +
    8 saves

    Liberty Ride

    Lexington

  • Cape Ann Foodie Tours +
    7 saves

    Cape Ann Foodie Tours

    Gloucester

  • CityView Trolleys +
    7 saves

    CityView Trolleys

    Boston

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
    7 saves

    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • ArtsBoston Booths +
    6 saves

    ArtsBoston Booths

    Boston

  • Asa Waters Mansion +
    6 saves

    Asa Waters Mansion

    Millbury

  • Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property +
    6 saves

    Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property

    Essex

  • Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate +
    6 saves

    Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate

    Canton

  • First Parish Plymouth Meetinghouse Tours +
    6 saves

    First Parish Plymouth Meetinghouse Tours

    Plymouth

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