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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  • Ipswich Museum +
    8 saves

    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

  • Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gardens at Elm Bank +
    8 saves

    Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gardens at Elm Bank

    Wellesley

  • Old South Church in Boston +
    8 saves

    Old South Church in Boston

    Boston

  • Willowdale Estate +
    8 saves

    Willowdale Estate

    Topsfield

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

    Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy

    Quincy

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

    Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property

    Boston

  • Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley +
    7 saves

    Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley

    Shelburne Falls

  • Gore Place +
    6 saves

    Gore Place

    Waltham

  • Maritime Gloucester +
    6 saves

    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • Sargent House Museum +
    6 saves

    Sargent House Museum

    Gloucester

  • The Stone House Museum +
    6 saves

    The Stone House Museum

    Belchertown

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

    The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

    Boston

  • KALON FARM +
    5 saves

    KALON FARM

    Ashburnham

  • Marblehead Museum +
    5 saves

    Marblehead Museum

    Marblehead

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

    Wicked Art Bar - Paint & Sip Studio

    Beverly

  • Wakefield Estate +
    4 saves

    Wakefield Estate

    Milton

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

    Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property

    Yarmouth Port

  • Beverly Historical Society and Museum +
    3 saves

    Beverly Historical Society and Museum

    Beverly

  • The Emily Dickinson Museum +
    3 saves

    The Emily Dickinson Museum

    Amherst

  • Hedge House Museum +
    3 saves

    Hedge House Museum

    Plymouth

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