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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  • The Old Manse +
    28 saves

    The Old Manse

    Concord

  • Old South Church in Boston +
    3 saves

    Old South Church in Boston

    Boston

  • Old South Meeting House +
    48 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • Old State House +
    0 saves

    Old State House

    Boston

  • Old Town Trolley Tours +
    167 saves

    Old Town Trolley Tours

    Boston

  • Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property +
    7 saves

    Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property

    Boston

  • Paul Revere House +
    198 saves

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • Phillips House Museum +
    11 saves

    Phillips House Museum

    Salem

  • Pilgrim Memorial State Park +
    6 saves

    Pilgrim Memorial State Park

    Plymouth

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
    28 saves

    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • Pilgrim Progress +
    38 saves

    Pilgrim Progress

    Plymouth

  • Plimoth grist Mill +
    48 saves

    Plimoth grist Mill

    Plymouth

  • Plimoth Plantation +
    241 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Plymouth 911 Memorial +
    1 saves

    Plymouth 911 Memorial

    Plymouth

  • Salem Old Town Hall +
    20 saves

    Salem Old Town Hall

    Salem

  • Salmon Falls Gallery +
    0 saves

    Salmon Falls Gallery

    Shelburne Falls

  • Sargent House Museum +
    6 saves

    Sargent House Museum

    Gloucester

  • Sawmill River Arts Gallery +
    0 saves

    Sawmill River Arts Gallery

    Montague Center

  • Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley +
    7 saves

    Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley

    Shelburne Falls

  • The Stone House Museum +
    5 saves

    The Stone House Museum

    Belchertown

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