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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  • Lamson & Goodnow Factory Outlet +
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    Lamson & Goodnow Factory Outlet

    Shelburne Falls

  • Metropolitan Waterworks Museum +
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    Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

    Boston

  • New Bedford Folk Festival +
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    New Bedford Folk Festival

    New Bedford

  • Plymouth 911 Memorial +
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    Plymouth 911 Memorial

    Plymouth

  • Lexington Historical Society +
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    Lexington Historical Society

    Lexington

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

    Waltham

  • White's Landing +
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    White's Landing

    Brookfield

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

    New Bedford

  • MIFA Victory Theatre +
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    MIFA Victory Theatre

    Holyoke

  • Western Avenue Studios +
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    Western Avenue Studios

    Lowell

  • Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property +
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    Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property

    Gloucester

  • Codman Estate Carriage House +
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    Codman Estate Carriage House

    Lincoln

  • HyArts Cultural District +
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    HyArts Cultural District

    Hyannis, Ma.

  • Judith Klein Art Gallery +
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    Judith Klein Art Gallery

    New Bedford

  • Plymouth Antiquarian Society +
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    Plymouth Antiquarian Society

    Plymouth

  • Salmon Falls Gallery +
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    Salmon Falls Gallery

    Shelburne Falls

  • Sawmill River Arts Gallery +
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    Sawmill River Arts Gallery

    Montague Center

  • William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corps +
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    William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corps

    Lexington

  • Worcester Bravehearts baseball club +
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    Worcester Bravehearts baseball club

    Worcester

  • 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

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