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 +
    61 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Appleton Farms +
    8 saves

    Appleton Farms

    Ipswich

  • Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University +
    37 saves

    Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    Boston

  • Asa Waters Mansion +
    11 saves

    Asa Waters Mansion

    Millbury

  • Beverly Historical Society and Museum +
    3 saves

    Beverly Historical Society and Museum

    Beverly

  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area +
    161 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island +
    27 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island

    Boston

  • Brooks Woodland Preserve +
    17 saves

    Brooks Woodland Preserve

    Petersham

  • Cambridge Historical Tours +
    17 saves

    Cambridge Historical Tours

    Cambridge

  • Cape Ann Foodie Tours +
    18 saves

    Cape Ann Foodie Tours

    Gloucester

  • Cape Cod Canal Centennial +
    19 saves

    Cape Cod Canal Centennial

    Buzzards Bay

  • Cape Cod National Seashore +
    57 saves

    Cape Cod National Seashore

    Eastham

  • Cape Kayaking +
    47 saves

    Cape Kayaking

    Eatham

  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate +
    119 saves

    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

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

    Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy

    Quincy

  • CityView Trolleys +
    34 saves

    CityView Trolleys

    Boston

  • Codman Estate Carriage House +
    0 saves

    Codman Estate Carriage House

    Lincoln

  • Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property +
    8 saves

    Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property

    Essex

  • DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS +
    83 saves

    DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS

    Plymouth

  • Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate +
    11 saves

    Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate

    Canton

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