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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  • Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum +
    28 saves

    Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum

    Adams

  • Cape Ann Foodie Tours +
    27 saves

    Cape Ann Foodie Tours

    Gloucester

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

    Lowell National Historical Park and Boott Cotton Mills Museum

    Lowell

  • Hancock Cemetery, Quincy +
    26 saves

    Hancock Cemetery, Quincy

    Quincy

  • Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours +
    23 saves

    Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours

    Salem

  • First Parish Plymouth Meetinghouse Tours +
    20 saves

    First Parish Plymouth Meetinghouse Tours

    Plymouth

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

    Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property

    Quincy

  • Harwich Antique Center +
    18 saves

    Harwich Antique Center

    West Harwich

  • Phillips House Museum +
    18 saves

    Phillips House Museum

    Salem

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park +
    17 saves

    New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    New Bedford

  • Massachusetts Horticultural Society- The Gardens at Elm Bank +
    15 saves

    Massachusetts Horticultural Society- The Gardens at Elm Bank

    Wellesley

  • Pilgrim Memorial State Park +
    15 saves

    Pilgrim Memorial State Park

    Plymouth

  • Asa Waters Mansion +
    14 saves

    Asa Waters Mansion

    Millbury

  • Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate +
    14 saves

    Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate

    Canton

  • Long Hill +
    14 saves

    Long Hill

    Beverly

  • Old South Church in Boston +
    14 saves

    Old South Church in Boston

    Boston

  • Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts +
    13 saves

    Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

    Worcester

  • Maritime Gloucester +
    12 saves

    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • Hale Farm +
    10 saves

    Hale Farm

    Beverly

  • Appleton Farms +
    9 saves

    Appleton Farms

    Ipswich

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