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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  • Mohawk Trail +
    562 saves

    Mohawk Trail

    Millers Falls//williamstown

  • Naumkeag +
    206 saves

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

  • The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home +
    140 saves

    The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

    Lenox

  • Historic Deerfield +
    129 saves

    Historic Deerfield

    Deerfield

  • Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum +
    63 saves

    Susan B Anthony Birthplace Museum

    Adams

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin +
    60 saves

    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Orange

  • Notchview Reservation +
    46 saves

    Notchview Reservation

    Windsor

  • The Emily Dickinson Museum +
    39 saves

    The Emily Dickinson Museum

    Amherst

  • The Stone House Museum +
    18 saves

    The Stone House Museum

    Belchertown

  • Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley +
    14 saves

    Shelburne Falls Bowling Alley

    Shelburne Falls

  • Lamson & Goodnow Factory Outlet +
    10 saves

    Lamson & Goodnow Factory Outlet

    Shelburne Falls

  • Arrowhead +
    5 saves

    Arrowhead

    Pittsfield

  • Salmon Falls Gallery +
    4 saves

    Salmon Falls Gallery

    Shelburne Falls

  • Sawmill River Arts Gallery +
    2 saves

    Sawmill River Arts Gallery

    Montague Center

  • 1794 Meetinghouse +
    1 saves

    1794 Meetinghouse

    New Salem

  • MIFA Victory Theatre +
    1 saves

    MIFA Victory Theatre

    Holyoke

  • Melville Trail +
    0 saves

    Melville Trail

    Pittsfield

  • Mill 1 Events +
    0 saves

    Mill 1 Events

    Holyoke

  • Shelburne Falls Glacial Potholes

    Shelburne Falls

    Located on the scenic and historic Mohawk Trail in the Berkshire foothills, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts and the surrounding area is... more

    + 27 saves
  • Springfield Armory National Historic Site

    Springfield

    Springfield Armory National Historic Site commemorates and preserves the history of our Nations first armory, established in 1794. Managed together with... more

    + 23 saves

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