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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  • Mary Baker Eddy House

    Amesbury

    Home to founder of Christian Science religion from 1868 to 1870. Tours by appointment. more

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  • Mary Baker Eddy House

    Swampscott

    Home where Mary Baker Eddy lived at the time of her healing, which led to her discovery of Christian Science. 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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  • Newburyport Art Association

    Newburyport

    The Newburyport Art Association was founded in 1948. The NAA is dedicated to promoting and exhibiting our members' work, to providing... 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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  • 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

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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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  • Thomas Crane Public Library

    Quincy

    Built in 1881 by noted architect Henry Hobson Richardson - who also designed Boston's famed Trinity Church - the Thomas Thomas... more

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  • Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary

    Princeton

    Wachusett Meadow is a former farmstead that offers spectacular scenery and supports abundant wildlife throughout woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. Historic... more

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  • Walden Woods Project

    Lincoln

    The Walden Woods Project preserves the land, literature, and legacy of Henry David Thoreau to foster an ethic of environmental... more

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