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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  • 1794 Meetinghouse +
    1 saves

    1794 Meetinghouse

    New Salem

  • Adams National Historical Park +
    254 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Alden House Historic Site +
    8 saves

    Alden House Historic Site

    Duxbury

  • Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company: Museum & Library +
    3 saves

    Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company: Museum & Library

    Boston

  • Appleton Farms +
    28 saves

    Appleton Farms

    Ipswich

  • Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University +
    90 saves

    Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    Boston

  • Arrowhead +
    5 saves

    Arrowhead

    Pittsfield

  • Asa Waters Mansion +
    49 saves

    Asa Waters Mansion

    Millbury

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

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

    Gloucester

  • Beverly Historical Society and Museum +
    1 saves

    Beverly Historical Society and Museum

    Beverly

  • Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours +
    113 saves

    Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours

    Salem

  • Blissful Meadows Golf Club +
    0 saves

    Blissful Meadows Golf Club

    Uxbridge

  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area +
    421 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Brooks Woodland Preserve +
    73 saves

    Brooks Woodland Preserve

    Petersham

  • Cambridge Historical Tours +
    103 saves

    Cambridge Historical Tours

    Cambridge

  • Cape Ann Foodie Tours +
    57 saves

    Cape Ann Foodie Tours

    Gloucester

  • Cape Cod National Seashore +
    330 saves

    Cape Cod National Seashore

    Eastham

  • Cape Kayaking +
    143 saves

    Cape Kayaking

    Eatham

  • Captain Pollard's Flintlock Farm +
    2 saves

    Captain Pollard's Flintlock Farm

    Still River (in The Town Of Harvard, Ma)

  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate +
    344 saves

    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

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