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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  • Salem Old Town Hall +
    14 saves

    Salem Old Town Hall

    Salem

  • Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum +
    13 saves

    Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum

    Adams

  • Harwich Antique Center +
    12 saves

    Harwich Antique Center

    West Harwich

  • Asa Waters Mansion +
    11 saves

    Asa Waters Mansion

    Millbury

  • Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property +
    11 saves

    Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property

    Quincy

  • Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate +
    10 saves

    Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate

    Canton

  • Yummy Walks +
    10 saves

    Yummy Walks

    Boston

  • First Parish Plymouth Meetinghouse Tours +
    9 saves

    First Parish Plymouth Meetinghouse Tours

    Plymouth

  • Long Hill +
    9 saves

    Long Hill

    Beverly

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park +
    9 saves

    New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    New Bedford

  • Appleton Farms +
    8 saves

    Appleton Farms

    Ipswich

  • Phillips House Museum +
    8 saves

    Phillips House Museum

    Salem

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

    Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property

    Essex

  • Hale Farm +
    7 saves

    Hale Farm

    Beverly

  • Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley +
    7 saves

    Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley

    Shelburne Falls

  • Gore Place +
    6 saves

    Gore Place

    Waltham

  • Ipswich Museum +
    6 saves

    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

  • Willowdale Estate +
    6 saves

    Willowdale Estate

    Topsfield

  • Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy +
    5 saves

    Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy

    Quincy

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

    Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property

    Boston

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