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

    Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property

    Yarmouth Port

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

    Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property

    Essex

  • Plymouth 911 Memorial +
    13 saves

    Plymouth 911 Memorial

    Plymouth

  • Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley +
    13 saves

    Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley

    Shelburne Falls

  • Historical Fort Phoenix +
    12 saves

    Historical Fort Phoenix

    Fairhaven

  • KALON FARM +
    12 saves

    KALON FARM

    Ashburnham

  • Wakefield Estate +
    12 saves

    Wakefield Estate

    Milton

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

    The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture

    Boston

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

    Wicked Art Bar - Paint & Sip Studio

    Beverly

  • Plymouth Antiquarian Society +
    9 saves

    Plymouth Antiquarian Society

    Plymouth

  • Lamson & Goodnow Factory Outlet +
    8 saves

    Lamson & Goodnow Factory Outlet

    Shelburne Falls

  • Marblehead Museum +
    8 saves

    Marblehead Museum

    Marblehead

  • Metropolitan Waterworks Museum +
    6 saves

    Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

    Boston

  • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area +
    6 saves

    Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

    Princeton

  • William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corps +
    6 saves

    William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corps

    Lexington

  • Alden House Historic Site +
    5 saves

    Alden House Historic Site

    Duxbury

  • FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM +
    5 saves

    FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM

    New Bedford

  • The Gibson House Museum +
    5 saves

    The Gibson House Museum

    Boston

  • New Bedford Folk Festival +
    4 saves

    New Bedford Folk Festival

    New Bedford

  • Old Stone Schoolhouse +
    4 saves

    Old Stone Schoolhouse

    Fairhaven

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