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 Colonial Courthouse

    Barnstable

    The Olde Colonial Courthouse was the second courthouse constructed in Barnstable County, MA. This building was used exclusively for court... more

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  • Wasque Reservation

    Chappaquidick Island

    This southeastern corner of Martha's Vineyard is undergoing dramatic change due to the seismic currents which are re-shaping this coastal... more

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  • Wing Fort House

    East Sandwich

    17th/18th century house with period rooms. more

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  • Balch House

    Beverly

    This 17th century home represents one of Beverly's first settlers, John Balch. He may have lived in a crude early... more

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  • Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary

    Worcester

    Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester is the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England, with more than 400 acres cooperatively managed... more

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  • The Daniel Webster Estate and Heritage Center

    Marshfield

    Beautifully restored 1880 Queen Anne-style mansion on 14 secluded acres. The perfect setting for a wedding of casual elegance or comfortable meeting... more

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  • Lafayette Durfee House

    Fall River

    Fall River's Link to American RevolutionIt is Fall River's only restored colonial house open for public tours. Every Room... more

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  • Scargo Tower

    Dennis

    Scargo Tower began as a tourist observatory in 1874. Made of wood, it was destroyed in a gale two years later.... more

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  • Stevens-Coolidge Place

    North Andover

    The Stevens-Coolidge Place is a wonderful example of "the country place," when rural retreats were designed as places... more

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  • Tantiusques Reservation

    Sturbridge

    Hike through forested trails and visit the site of a former lead mine used by Native Americans and, later, European... more

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  • Ashley House

    Ashley Falls

    The Ashley House tells the intertwined stories of the Ashleys and the enslaved African Americans who lived here in the 18... more

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  • Blackstone National Heritage Corridor

    Uxbridge

    The Blackstone River runs from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI. Its waters powered the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI, America's... more

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  • Essex Heritage Area

    Salem

    500 square miles of historic, cultural, and natural sites... unique and irreplaceable treasures that tell our history. more

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  • The Loading Dock Gallery

    Lowell

    Come visit our cooperative gallery that represents 50 of the artists and artisans at Western Avenue Studios. We are open Wednesday... more

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  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette

    Attleboro

    We are best known for our Christmas Festival of Lights. Dating back to 1953 on our opening day with a simple... more

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  • Old Harbor Life Saving Station

    Provincetown

    Established in 1897, Old Harbor U.S. Life Saving Station was originally situated on Nauset Beach at the Chatham Harbor entrance.... more

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  • Old Higgins Farm Windmill

    Brewster

    Brewster's Windmill, also known as, Old Higgin's Farm Windmill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 10, 1975 more

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  • Plymouth Night Tour

    Plymouth

    At the Plymouth Night Tour we take curious travelers through the haunted and historic streets of downtown Plymouth, MA. Paranormal... more

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  • The Salem Flea

    Salem

    The Salem Flea happens every third Saturday of the month in historic Salem. The Summer markets are located in Derby... more

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  • Soule Homestead Education Center

    Middleboro

    Founded to provide environmental educational programs, to promote organic agriculture, traditional crafts and cultural events. The Homestead hosts a Harvest... more

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