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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  • Grafton Country Store +
    44 saves

    Grafton Country Store

    Grafton

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

    Lowell National Historical Park and Boott Cotton Mills Museum

    Lowell

  • Cape Ann Foodie Tours +
    43 saves

    Cape Ann Foodie Tours

    Gloucester

  • Maritime Gloucester +
    43 saves

    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • Notchview Reservation +
    42 saves

    Notchview Reservation

    Windsor

  • Minute Man National Historical Park +
    41 saves

    Minute Man National Historical Park

    Concord

  • Asa Waters Mansion +
    39 saves

    Asa Waters Mansion

    Millbury

  • Historic Tours of Plymouth - Jenney Museum +
    39 saves

    Historic Tours of Plymouth - Jenney Museum

    Plymouth

  • Salem Old Town Hall +
    39 saves

    Salem Old Town Hall

    Salem

  • Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum +
    39 saves

    Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum

    Adams

  • Hancock Cemetery, Quincy +
    37 saves

    Hancock Cemetery, Quincy

    Quincy

  • Harwich Antique Center +
    37 saves

    Harwich Antique Center

    West Harwich

  • Edaville USA +
    36 saves

    Edaville USA

    Carver

  • Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property +
    33 saves

    Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property

    Gloucester

  • Pilgrim Memorial State Park +
    32 saves

    Pilgrim Memorial State Park

    Plymouth

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

    Massachusetts Horticultural Society- The Gardens at Elm Bank

    Wellesley

  • Phillips House Museum +
    30 saves

    Phillips House Museum

    Salem

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

    Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property

    Quincy

  • First Parish Plymouth Meetinghouse Tours +
    26 saves

    First Parish Plymouth Meetinghouse Tours

    Plymouth

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

    Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property

    Boston

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