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

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

    Gloucester

  • The Emily Dickinson Museum +
    12 saves

    The Emily Dickinson Museum

    Amherst

  • Gedney House Museum +
    11 saves

    Gedney House Museum

    Salem

  • Willowdale Estate +
    11 saves

    Willowdale Estate

    Topsfield

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

    Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy

    Quincy

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

    Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property

    Essex

  • Gore Place +
    10 saves

    Gore Place

    Waltham

  • Hale Farm +
    10 saves

    Hale Farm

    Beverly

  • Appleton Farms +
    9 saves

    Appleton Farms

    Ipswich

  • The Stone House Museum +
    9 saves

    The Stone House Museum

    Belchertown

  • Hedge House Museum +
    8 saves

    Hedge House Museum

    Plymouth

  • Lexington Historical Society +
    8 saves

    Lexington Historical Society

    Lexington

  • Sargent House Museum +
    8 saves

    Sargent House Museum

    Gloucester

  • Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley +
    8 saves

    Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley

    Shelburne Falls

  • Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate +
    8 saves

    Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate

    Waltham

  • Wicked Art Bar - Paint & Sip Studio +
    8 saves

    Wicked Art Bar - Paint & Sip Studio

    Beverly

  • KALON FARM +
    7 saves

    KALON FARM

    Ashburnham

  • Plymouth 911 Memorial +
    7 saves

    Plymouth 911 Memorial

    Plymouth

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

    The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

    Boston

  • Wakefield Estate +
    7 saves

    Wakefield Estate

    Milton

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