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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  • Cape Cod National Seashore +
    325 saves

    Cape Cod National Seashore

    Eastham

  • Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum +
    177 saves

    Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

    Provincetown

  • Cape Kayaking +
    141 saves

    Cape Kayaking

    Eatham

  • Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property +
    18 saves

    Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property

    Yarmouth Port

  • Marta's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association +
    7 saves

    Marta's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association

    Oak Bluffs

  • Sail When and If +
    5 saves

    Sail When and If

    Hyannis

  • Maria Mitchell House +
    0 saves

    Maria Mitchell House

    Nantucket

  • Barnstable Village Walking Tour

    Barnstable

    Free self guided walking tour of historic Barnstable village. more

    + 7 saves
  • The Old Grist Mill and Herring Run

    Brewster

    The Gristmill (c. 1873) uses the falling water of Stony Brook to power its waterwheel. Inside, the miller grinds corn on... more

    + 4 saves
  • The Crosby Mansion

    Brewster

    Standing tall on a rise of land with sweeping views of Cape Cod bay, the three-story mansion is also a... more

    + 3 saves
  • 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

    + 3 saves
  • 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

    + 3 saves
  • Wing Fort House

    East Sandwich

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

    + 3 saves
  • 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

    + 2 saves
  • 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

    + 1 saves
  • 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

    + 1 saves
  • French Cable Station Museum

    Orleans

    This station when it was in operation was the American termination point for a telegraph cable that came directly to... more

    + 0 saves
  • Highland House Mueum

    North Truro

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    + 0 saves
  • Highland Lighthouse

    North Truro

    Highland Light Station, also known as Cape Cod Light, is located on Outer Cape Cod within Cape Cod National Seashore... more

    + 0 saves
  • Orleans Historical Society Museum

    Orleans

    A Greek Revival structure that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Formerly used as the Meeting House for... more

    + 0 saves

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