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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  • MASS MoCA +
    38 saves

    MASS MoCA

    North Adams

  • Old South Meeting House +
    38 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • Museum of African American History +
    37 saves

    Museum of African American History

    Boston

  • Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University +
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    Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    Boston

  • Lexington Battle Green Guides +
    34 saves

    Lexington Battle Green Guides

    Lexington

  • Pilgrim Progress +
    33 saves

    Pilgrim Progress

    Plymouth

  • CityView Trolleys +
    31 saves

    CityView Trolleys

    Boston

  • Historic Deerfield +
    27 saves

    Historic Deerfield

    Deerfield

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
    27 saves

    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island +
    26 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island

    Boston

  • The Old Manse +
    25 saves

    The Old Manse

    Concord

  • Grafton Country Store +
    22 saves

    Grafton Country Store

    Grafton

  • Notchview Reservation +
    22 saves

    Notchview Reservation

    Windsor

  • Cape Ann Foodie Tours +
    18 saves

    Cape Ann Foodie Tours

    Gloucester

  • Cape Cod Canal Centennial +
    18 saves

    Cape Cod Canal Centennial

    Buzzards Bay

  • Liberty Ride +
    18 saves

    Liberty Ride

    Lexington

  • Lowell National Historical Park and Boott Cotton Mills Museum +
    18 saves

    Lowell National Historical Park and Boott Cotton Mills Museum

    Lowell

  • Hancock Cemetery, Quincy +
    17 saves

    Hancock Cemetery, Quincy

    Quincy

  • Salem Old Town Hall +
    17 saves

    Salem Old Town Hall

    Salem

  • Brooks Woodland Preserve +
    16 saves

    Brooks Woodland Preserve

    Petersham

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