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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  • Old North Church +
    64 saves

    Old North Church

    Boston

  • Old South Church in Boston +
    51 saves

    Old South Church in Boston

    Boston

  • Old South Meeting House +
    124 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • Old State House +
    86 saves

    Old State House

    Boston

  • Old Stone Schoolhouse +
    3 saves

    Old Stone Schoolhouse

    Fairhaven

  • Old Town Trolley Tours +
    444 saves

    Old Town Trolley Tours

    Boston

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

    Otis House Museum, A Historic New England Property

    Boston

  • Padanaram Village +
    3 saves

    Padanaram Village

    S. Dartmouth

  • Paul Revere House +
    542 saves

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • Phillips House Museum +
    31 saves

    Phillips House Museum

    Salem

  • Pilgrim Memorial State Park +
    36 saves

    Pilgrim Memorial State Park

    Plymouth

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
    127 saves

    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • Pilgrim Progress +
    72 saves

    Pilgrim Progress

    Plymouth

  • The Plimoth Grist Mill +
    115 saves

    The Plimoth Grist Mill

    Plymouth

  • Plimoth Plantation +
    619 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Plymouth 911 Memorial +
    10 saves

    Plymouth 911 Memorial

    Plymouth

  • Plymouth Antiquarian Society +
    7 saves

    Plymouth Antiquarian Society

    Plymouth

  • Priscilla Beach Theatre +
    3 saves

    Priscilla Beach Theatre

    Plymouth

  • Sail When and If +
    3 saves

    Sail When and If

    Hyannis

  • Salem Old Town Hall +
    40 saves

    Salem Old Town Hall

    Salem

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