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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  • Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Plimoth Plantation

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Paul Revere House

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • The Swan Boats of Boston

    The Swan Boats of Boston

    Boston

  • Old Town Trolley Tours

    Old Town Trolley Tours

    Boston

  • Mohawk Trail

    Mohawk Trail

    Millers Falls//williamstown

  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    Boston

  • The House of the Seven Gables

    The House of the Seven Gables

    Salem

  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Cape Cod National Seashore

    Eastham

  • Ghosts & Gravestones Tour

    Ghosts & Gravestones Tour

    Boston

  • Harvard University

    Harvard University

    Cambridge

  • The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships

    The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships

    Boston

  • Adams National Historical Park

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Naumkeag

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • CityView Trolleys

    CityView Trolleys

    Boston

  • Old South Meeting House

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • The Plimoth Grist Mill

    The Plimoth Grist Mill

    Plymouth

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