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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  • Adams National Historical Park +
    237 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University +
    87 saves

    Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

    Boston

  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area +
    400 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Cambridge Historical Tours +
    98 saves

    Cambridge Historical Tours

    Cambridge

  • Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy +
    28 saves

    Church of the Presidents, United First Parish Church, Quincy

    Quincy

  • CityView Trolleys +
    158 saves

    CityView Trolleys

    Boston

  • Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds +
    3 saves

    Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds

    Newton

  • Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate +
    21 saves

    Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate

    Canton

  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace +
    394 saves

    Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    Boston

  • Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour +
    1,657 saves

    Freedom Trail Walk Into History Tour

    Boston

  • Ghosts & Gravestones Tour +
    292 saves

    Ghosts & Gravestones Tour

    Boston

  • The Gibson House Museum +
    13 saves

    The Gibson House Museum

    Boston

  • Gore Place +
    16 saves

    Gore Place

    Waltham

  • Hancock Cemetery, Quincy +
    46 saves

    Hancock Cemetery, Quincy

    Quincy

  • Harvard University +
    254 saves

    Harvard University

    Cambridge

  • Jackson Homestead and Museum +
    7 saves

    Jackson Homestead and Museum

    Newton

  • Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property +
    40 saves

    Josiah Quincy House, A Historic New England Property

    Quincy

  • The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships +
    246 saves

    The Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships

    Boston

  • Massachusetts Horticultural Society- The Gardens at Elm Bank +
    39 saves

    Massachusetts Horticultural Society- The Gardens at Elm Bank

    Wellesley

  • Metropolitan Waterworks Museum +
    10 saves

    Metropolitan Waterworks Museum

    Boston

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