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 House of the Seven Gables +
    362 saves

    The House of the Seven Gables

    Salem

  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate +
    334 saves

    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

  • Lexington Battle Green Guides +
    117 saves

    Lexington Battle Green Guides

    Lexington

  • Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours +
    104 saves

    Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours

    Salem

  • The Old Manse +
    79 saves

    The Old Manse

    Concord

  • Liberty Ride +
    73 saves

    Liberty Ride

    Lexington

  • Minute Man National Historical Park +
    71 saves

    Minute Man National Historical Park

    Concord

  • Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property +
    70 saves

    Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property

    Gloucester

  • Maritime Gloucester +
    66 saves

    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • Cape Ann Foodie Tours +
    57 saves

    Cape Ann Foodie Tours

    Gloucester

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

    Lowell National Historical Park and Boott Cotton Mills Museum

    Lowell

  • Salem Old Town Hall +
    48 saves

    Salem Old Town Hall

    Salem

  • Phillips House Museum +
    42 saves

    Phillips House Museum

    Salem

  • Ipswich Museum +
    29 saves

    Ipswich Museum

    Ipswich

  • Appleton Farms +
    25 saves

    Appleton Farms

    Ipswich

  • Long Hill +
    23 saves

    Long Hill

    Beverly

  • Gedney House Museum +
    22 saves

    Gedney House Museum

    Salem

  • Lexington Historical Society +
    20 saves

    Lexington Historical Society

    Lexington

  • Sargent House Museum +
    16 saves

    Sargent House Museum

    Gloucester

  • Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property +
    14 saves

    Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property

    Essex

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