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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  • Historic Deerfield +
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    Historic Deerfield

    Deerfield

  • Long Hill +
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    Long Hill

    Beverly

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

    Lowell

  • Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley +
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    Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley

    Shelburne Falls

  • Brooks Woodland Preserve +
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    Brooks Woodland Preserve

    Petersham

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park +
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    New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    New Bedford

  • Willowdale Estate +
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    Willowdale Estate

    Topsfield

  • Cape Cod Canal Centennial +
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    Cape Cod Canal Centennial

    Buzzards Bay

  • Harwich Antique Center +
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    Harwich Antique Center

    West Harwich

  • Phillips House Museum +
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    Phillips House Museum

    Salem

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

    Boston

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    Wicked Art Bar - Paint & Sip Studio

    Beverly

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

    Quincy

  • Gedney House Museum +
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    Gedney House Museum

    Salem

  • Hale Farm +
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    Hale Farm

    Beverly

  • Ipswich Museum +
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    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

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    Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property

    Quincy

  • Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum +
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    Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum

    Adams

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    Appleton Farms

    Ipswich

  • Beverly Historical Society and Museum +
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    Beverly Historical Society and Museum

    Beverly

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