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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  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park +
    25 saves

    New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    New Bedford

  • The Emily Dickinson Museum +
    20 saves

    The Emily Dickinson Museum

    Amherst

  • Ipswich Museum +
    19 saves

    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

  • Long Hill +
    19 saves

    Long Hill

    Beverly

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

    Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy

    Quincy

  • Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts +
    18 saves

    Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

    Worcester

  • Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate +
    17 saves

    Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate

    Canton

  • Gedney House Museum +
    16 saves

    Gedney House Museum

    Salem

  • Appleton Farms +
    15 saves

    Appleton Farms

    Ipswich

  • Lexington Historical Society +
    14 saves

    Lexington Historical Society

    Lexington

  • Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate +
    13 saves

    Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate

    Waltham

  • Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property +
    13 saves

    Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property

    Yarmouth Port

  • Gore Place +
    12 saves

    Gore Place

    Waltham

  • Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley +
    12 saves

    Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley

    Shelburne Falls

  • Willowdale Estate +
    12 saves

    Willowdale Estate

    Topsfield

  • Hale Farm +
    11 saves

    Hale Farm

    Beverly

  • Hedge House Museum +
    11 saves

    Hedge House Museum

    Plymouth

  • Sargent House Museum +
    11 saves

    Sargent House Museum

    Gloucester

  • The Stone House Museum +
    11 saves

    The Stone House Museum

    Belchertown

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

    Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property

    Essex

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