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 +
    1,682 saves

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Paul Revere House +
    740 saves

    Paul Revere House

    Boston

  • The Swan Boats of Boston +
    690 saves

    The Swan Boats of Boston

    Boston

  • Old Town Trolley Tours +
    592 saves

    Old Town Trolley Tours

    Boston

  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area +
    406 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace +
    403 saves

    Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    Boston

  • Ghosts & Gravestones Tour +
    299 saves

    Ghosts & Gravestones Tour

    Boston

  • Harvard University +
    258 saves

    Harvard University

    Cambridge

  • The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships +
    250 saves

    The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships

    Boston

  • Adams National Historical Park +
    242 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Old South Meeting House +
    165 saves

    Old South Meeting House

    Boston

  • CityView Trolleys +
    162 saves

    CityView Trolleys

    Boston

  • Old State House +
    140 saves

    Old State House

    Boston

  • Old North Church +
    134 saves

    Old North Church

    Boston

  • Yummy Walks +
    108 saves

    Yummy Walks

    Boston

  • USS Constitution +
    107 saves

    USS Constitution

    Charlestown

  • Cambridge Historical Tours +
    98 saves

    Cambridge Historical Tours

    Cambridge

  • Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University +
    87 saves

    Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    Boston

  • Old South Church in Boston +
    83 saves

    Old South Church in Boston

    Boston

  • Museum of African American History +
    77 saves

    Museum of African American History

    Boston

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