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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  • Asa Waters Mansion +
    47 saves

    Asa Waters Mansion

    Millbury

  • Blissful Meadows Golf Club +
    0 saves

    Blissful Meadows Golf Club

    Uxbridge

  • Brooks Woodland Preserve +
    69 saves

    Brooks Woodland Preserve

    Petersham

  • Captain Pollard's Flintlock Farm +
    2 saves

    Captain Pollard's Flintlock Farm

    Still River (in The Town Of Harvard, Ma)

  • Fruitlands Museum +
    90 saves

    Fruitlands Museum

    Harvard

  • Grafton Country Store +
    55 saves

    Grafton Country Store

    Grafton

  • The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts +
    23 saves

    The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

    Worcester

  • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area +
    8 saves

    Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

    Princeton

  • White's Landing +
    18 saves

    White's Landing

    Brookfield

  • Worcester Bravehearts Baseball Club +
    7 saves

    Worcester Bravehearts Baseball Club

    Worcester

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