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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  • 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 +
    140 saves

    DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS

    Plymouth

  • Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate +
    14 saves

    Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate

    Canton

  • The Emily Dickinson Museum +
    6 saves

    The Emily Dickinson Museum

    Amherst

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin +
    32 saves

    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Orange

  • Fairhaven Academy Museum +
    0 saves

    Fairhaven Academy Museum

    Fairhaven

  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace +
    185 saves

    Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    Boston

  • First Parish Plymouth Meetinghouse Tours +
    20 saves

    First Parish Plymouth Meetinghouse Tours

    Plymouth

  • FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM +
    2 saves

    FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM

    New Bedford

  • Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour +
    793 saves

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Fruitlands Museum +
    56 saves

    Fruitlands Museum

    Harvard

  • Gedney House Museum +
    9 saves

    Gedney House Museum

    Salem

  • Ghosts & Gravestones Tour +
    116 saves

    Ghosts & Gravestones Tour

    Boston

  • Gore Place +
    8 saves

    Gore Place

    Waltham

  • Grafton Country Store +
    31 saves

    Grafton Country Store

    Grafton

  • Hale Farm +
    10 saves

    Hale Farm

    Beverly

  • Hancock Cemetery, Quincy +
    26 saves

    Hancock Cemetery, Quincy

    Quincy

  • Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts +
    14 saves

    Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

    Worcester

  • Harvard University +
    108 saves

    Harvard University

    Cambridge

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