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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  • Gedney House Museum +
    9 saves

    Gedney House Museum

    Salem

  • Ipswich Museum +
    9 saves

    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

  • Maritime Gloucester +
    9 saves

    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • Willowdale Estate +
    9 saves

    Willowdale Estate

    Topsfield

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

    Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property

    Essex

  • Gore Place +
    8 saves

    Gore Place

    Waltham

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

    Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property

    Boston

  • Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley +
    8 saves

    Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley

    Shelburne Falls

  • Hedge House Museum +
    7 saves

    Hedge House Museum

    Plymouth

  • The Stone House Museum +
    7 saves

    The Stone House Museum

    Belchertown

  • Wakefield Estate +
    7 saves

    Wakefield Estate

    Milton

  • KALON FARM +
    6 saves

    KALON FARM

    Ashburnham

  • Sargent House Museum +
    6 saves

    Sargent House Museum

    Gloucester

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

    The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

    Boston

  • Marblehead Museum +
    5 saves

    Marblehead Museum

    Marblehead

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

    Wicked Art Bar - Paint & Sip Studio

    Beverly

  • The Emily Dickinson Museum +
    4 saves

    The Emily Dickinson Museum

    Amherst

  • Metropolitan Waterworks Museum +
    4 saves

    Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

    Boston

  • Plymouth 911 Memorial +
    4 saves

    Plymouth 911 Memorial

    Plymouth

  • Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate +
    4 saves

    Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate

    Waltham

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