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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  • Hedge House Museum +
    7 saves

    Hedge House Museum

    Plymouth

  • Historic Deerfield +
    49 saves

    Historic Deerfield

    Deerfield

  • Historical Fort Phoenix +
    0 saves

    Historical Fort Phoenix

    Fairhaven

  • HyArts Cultural District +
    0 saves

    HyArts Cultural District

    Hyannis, Ma.

  • Ipswich Museum +
    9 saves

    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

  • Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property +
    19 saves

    Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property

    Quincy

  • Judith Klein Art Gallery +
    0 saves

    Judith Klein Art Gallery

    New Bedford

  • KALON FARM +
    7 saves

    KALON FARM

    Ashburnham

  • Lamson & Goodnow Factory Outlet +
    4 saves

    Lamson & Goodnow Factory Outlet

    Shelburne Falls

  • Lexington Battle Green Guides +
    51 saves

    Lexington Battle Green Guides

    Lexington

  • Lexington Historical Society +
    5 saves

    Lexington Historical Society

    Lexington

  • The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships +
    85 saves

    The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships

    Boston

  • Liberty Ride +
    28 saves

    Liberty Ride

    Lexington

  • Long Hill +
    14 saves

    Long Hill

    Beverly

  • Lowell National Historical Park and Boott Cotton Mills Museum +
    27 saves

    Lowell National Historical Park and Boott Cotton Mills Museum

    Lowell

  • Marblehead Museum +
    5 saves

    Marblehead Museum

    Marblehead

  • Maritime Gloucester +
    12 saves

    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • Massachusetts Horticultural Society- The Gardens at Elm Bank +
    16 saves

    Massachusetts Horticultural Society- The Gardens at Elm Bank

    Wellesley

  • Metropolitan Waterworks Museum +
    4 saves

    Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

    Boston

  • MIFA Victory Theatre +
    1 saves

    MIFA Victory Theatre

    Holyoke

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