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, Lincoln

  • John F. Kennedy Library, Boston

  • Adams National Park, Quincy

  • Cape Cod National Seashore

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  • Longfellow National Historic Site

    Cambridge

    General George Washington's Continental Army headquarters, 1775-1776; home of poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1837-1882; gathering place for prominent... more

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  • Springfield Armory National Historic Site

    Springfield

    Springfield Armory National Historic Site commemorates and preserves the history of our Nations first armory, established in 1794. Managed together with... more

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  • Pilgrim Belle Cruises

    Plymouth

    Cruise Plymouth Harbor in comfort aboard the Pilgrim Belle, an authentic Mississippi-style paddle wheeler! Enjoy the luxury of the Pilgrim... more

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  • The Mission House

    Stockbridge

    The Mission House is a National Historic Landmark that tells the story of the Stockbridge Mohicans and missionary John Sergeant,... more

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  • Boston African-American National Historic Site

    Boston

    15 pre-Civil War structures relating to the history of Boston's 19th-century African-American community. more

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  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

    Saugus

    This is the site of the first successful integrated iron works in North America, which produced both cast iron and... more

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  • Essex National Heritage Area

    Salem

    Covering 500 square miles of northeastern Massachusetts, Essex Heritage is home to over 200 historical sites, renowned museums, wildlife refuges, working farms... more

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  • Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

    Brookline

    Former home/office of Frederick Law Olmsted, founder of American landscape architecture; plans and photos of his firm's work. Closed... more

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  • John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

    Whitinsville

    Industrial Revolution Heritage Trail; canal boat rides; and hiking. more

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  • Plymouth to Provincetown Express Ferry

    Plymouth

    Fastest and Most Direct Route to Provincetown Take the Express Route to Provincetown and get there in half the time... more

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  • Quincy History Museum at Quincy Historical Society

    Quincy

    The Quincy History Museum at Quincy Historical Society takes you through more than 400 years of some of America's richest, most... more

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  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem

    From the Orientation Center, National Park Service rangers will take you on tours of Friendship, Salem's own three-masted tall ship;... more

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  • William Cullen Bryant Homestead

    Cummington

    The serene vista of the Westfield River Valley that inspired one of America's greatest poets. The Homestead's pastoral landscape, largely... more

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  • Ashley House

    Ashley Falls

    The Ashley House tells the intertwined stories of the Ashleys and the enslaved African Americans who lived here in the 18... more

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  • Mahi Mahi Harbor Cruises & Events

    Salem

    Cruise with us daily from Salem's historic Pickering Wharf into the beautiful protected waters of Salem Sound for a memorable... more

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  • NORTH END BOSTON CAT WALK TOUR

    Boston

    Coming in April 2014 a unique tour of Boston's North End thru the eyes of some of our notable neighborhood feline... more

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  • Rudd Art Museum

    North Adams

    Celebrating our 11th summer season! RUDD ART MUSEUM "A Chapel for Humanity" The chapel has been created by... more

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  • Wasque Reservation

    Chappaquidick Island

    This southeastern corner of Martha's Vineyard is undergoing dramatic change due to the seismic currents which are re-shaping this coastal... more

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  • Balch House

    Beverly

    This 17th century home represents one of Beverly's first settlers, John Balch. He may have lived in a crude early... more

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  • Cambridge Historical Tours

    Cambridge

    Harvard to life through entertaining and educationaIt is the mission of Cambridge Historical Tours to bring the history of Cambridge... more

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