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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  • Adams National Historical Park +
    105 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Appleton Farms +
    9 saves

    Appleton Farms

    Ipswich

  • Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University +
    54 saves

    Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    Boston

  • ArtsWorcester +
    0 saves

    ArtsWorcester

    Worcester

  • Asa Waters Mansion +
    14 saves

    Asa Waters Mansion

    Millbury

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

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

    Gloucester

  • Beverly Historical Society and Museum +
    3 saves

    Beverly Historical Society and Museum

    Beverly

  • Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours +
    24 saves

    Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours

    Salem

  • Blissful Meadows Golf Club +
    0 saves

    Blissful Meadows Golf Club

    Uxbridge

  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area +
    219 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island +
    41 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island

    Boston

  • Brooks Woodland Preserve +
    28 saves

    Brooks Woodland Preserve

    Petersham

  • Cambridge Historical Tours +
    42 saves

    Cambridge Historical Tours

    Cambridge

  • Cape Ann Foodie Tours +
    27 saves

    Cape Ann Foodie Tours

    Gloucester

  • Cape Cod Canal Centennial +
    30 saves

    Cape Cod Canal Centennial

    Buzzards Bay

  • Cape Cod National Seashore +
    101 saves

    Cape Cod National Seashore

    Eastham

  • Cape Kayaking +
    63 saves

    Cape Kayaking

    Eatham

  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate +
    178 saves

    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

  • Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy +
    9 saves

    Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy

    Quincy

  • CityView Trolleys +
    60 saves

    CityView Trolleys

    Boston

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