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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  • Shelburne Falls Glacial Potholes

    Shelburne Falls

    Located on the scenic and historic Mohawk Trail in the Berkshire foothills, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts and the surrounding area is... 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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  • The Hahvahd Tour

    Cambridge

    The Hahvahd Tour is the most popular tour of Harvard University. You, the guest enjoy a one-of-a-kind theatrical journey through... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

    Whitinsville

    Industrial Revolution Heritage Trail; canal boat rides; and hiking. 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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  • 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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  • Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours

    Salem

    Consistently described as the "BEST TOUR IN SALEM" by TripAdvisor reviewers! Historical walking tours led by a Salem... 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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  • Worcester Common Oval

    Worcester

    Historic Worcester Common offers some uncommonly cool fun! Public ice skating Saturdays & Sundays, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. throughout... more

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  • Chelsea Art Walk

    Chelsea

    This years Art Walk is June 14th and 15th from 12:00 - 6:00 pm in Chelsea, MA. The Chelsea Art Walk is... more

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  • Duxbury Rural and Historical Society

    Duxbury

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  • Essex County Greenbelt

    Essex

    Since 1961, Essex County Greenbelt has been working to protect the farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic landscapes for the benefit of... more

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  • Jacob Hill Farm

    Seekonk

    A Massachusetts Landmark - The original building was built between 1722 from 1924 to 1943 the property was used as the Jacobs Hill... more

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  • Joseph S. Kennedy Tours

    Boston

    Built in 1985, the fifty foot Joseph S. Kennedy was a Navy Utility Boat assigned to the U.S.S. Roosevelt.... more

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  • The Loading Dock Gallery

    Lowell

    Come visit our cooperative gallery that represents 50 of the artists and artisans at Western Avenue Studios. We are open Wednesday... more

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  • Mary Baker Eddy Historic House - Chestnut Hill, MA

    Chestnut Hill

    Tour this large stone building, originally built for a Boston family in the 1880s. The last home of Mary Baker... more

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