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 Folk Festival +
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    New Bedford Folk Festival

    New Bedford

  • Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate +
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    Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate

    Waltham

  • Marblehead Museum +
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    Marblehead Museum

    Marblehead

  • MIFA Victory Theatre +
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    MIFA Victory Theatre

    Holyoke

  • Plymouth 911 Memorial +
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    Plymouth 911 Memorial

    Plymouth

  • White's Landing +
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    White's Landing

    Brookfield

  • Codman Estate Carriage House +
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    Codman Estate Carriage House

    Lincoln

  • FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM +
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    FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM

    New Bedford

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    HyArts Cultural District

    Hyannis, Ma.

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    Judith Klein Art Gallery

    New Bedford

  • Plymouth Antiquarian Society +
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    Plymouth Antiquarian Society

    Plymouth

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    Salmon Falls Gallery

    Shelburne Falls

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    Sawmill River Arts Gallery

    Montague Center

  • Western Avenue Studios +
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    Western Avenue Studios

    Lowell

  • Ye Olde Tavern Tours

    Boston

    Ye Olde Tavern Tours offers historic tavern tours in Boston. You'll walk along the Freedom Trail and see historic sites... more

    + 24 saves
  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Concord

    More than 900 acres along original segments of April 19, 1775 Battle Road; North Bridge Visitor Center; Minute Man Visitor Center and 'Minuteman'... more

    + 20 saves
  • Boston Pizza Tours

    Boston

    Got Pizza? Discover historic Boston slice by delicious slice! We're serving up Tasty, Fun & Educational walking tours, exploring Boston's... more

    + 18 saves
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site

    Brookline

    Kennedy NHS preserves the birthplace and boyhood home of the 35th president of the United States. Kennedy spent his formative... more

    + 17 saves
  • 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

    + 11 saves
  • 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

    + 11 saves

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