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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  • Alden House Historic Site +
    8 saves

    Alden House Historic Site

    Duxbury

  • Duxbury Rural and Historical Society +
    0 saves

    Duxbury Rural and Historical Society

    Duxbury

  • Fairhaven Academy Museum +
    0 saves

    Fairhaven Academy Museum

    Fairhaven

  • First Parish Plymouth Meetinghouse Tours +
    34 saves

    First Parish Plymouth Meetinghouse Tours

    Plymouth

  • FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM +
    6 saves

    FORT TABER - FORT RODMAN MILITARY MUSEUM

    New Bedford

  • Hedge House Museum +
    21 saves

    Hedge House Museum

    Plymouth

  • Historical Fort Phoenix +
    15 saves

    Historical Fort Phoenix

    Fairhaven

  • Jenney Museum - Faith and the Forefathers, +
    68 saves

    Jenney Museum - Faith and the Forefathers,

    Plymouth

  • Judith Klein Art Gallery +
    0 saves

    Judith Klein Art Gallery

    New Bedford

  • Lewis Temple Statue +
    0 saves

    Lewis Temple Statue

    New Bedford

  • Mattapoisett Museum +
    2 saves

    Mattapoisett Museum

    Mattapoisett

  • New Bedford Folk Festival +
    4 saves

    New Bedford Folk Festival

    New Bedford

  • New Bedford Free Public Library +
    0 saves

    New Bedford Free Public Library

    New Bedford

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park +
    34 saves

    New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    New Bedford

  • Old Colony History Museum +
    1 saves

    Old Colony History Museum

    Taunton

  • Old Stone Schoolhouse +
    4 saves

    Old Stone Schoolhouse

    Fairhaven

  • Padanaram Village +
    5 saves

    Padanaram Village

    S. Dartmouth

  • The Paragon Carousel +
    2 saves

    The Paragon Carousel

    Hull

  • Pilgrim Memorial State Park +
    54 saves

    Pilgrim Memorial State Park

    Plymouth

  • Pilgrim Progress +
    93 saves

    Pilgrim Progress

    Plymouth

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