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

  • Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property +
    70 saves

    Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property

    Gloucester

  • Beverly Historical Society and Museum +
    1 saves

    Beverly Historical Society and Museum

    Beverly

  • Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours +
    104 saves

    Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours

    Salem

  • Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds +
    3 saves

    Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds

    Newton

  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace +
    394 saves

    Faneuil Hall Marketplace

    Boston

  • First Parish Plymouth Meetinghouse Tours +
    34 saves

    First Parish Plymouth Meetinghouse Tours

    Plymouth

  • The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts +
    23 saves

    The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

    Worcester

  • Hocus Pocus Tours +
    8 saves

    Hocus Pocus Tours

    Salem

  • The House of the Seven Gables +
    362 saves

    The House of the Seven Gables

    Salem

  • Jackson Homestead and Museum +
    7 saves

    Jackson Homestead and Museum

    Newton

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

    Jenney Museum - Faith and the Forefathers,

    Plymouth

  • Marta's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association +
    7 saves

    Marta's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association

    Oak Bluffs

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

    Massachusetts Horticultural Society- The Gardens at Elm Bank

    Wellesley

  • Old North Church +
    127 saves

    Old North Church

    Boston

  • Old Stone Schoolhouse +
    4 saves

    Old Stone Schoolhouse

    Fairhaven

  • Priscilla Beach Theatre +
    4 saves

    Priscilla Beach Theatre

    Plymouth

  • Sail When and If +
    5 saves

    Sail When and If

    Hyannis

  • Salmon Falls Gallery +
    4 saves

    Salmon Falls Gallery

    Shelburne Falls

  • Whistler House Museum of Art +
    1 saves

    Whistler House Museum of Art

    Lowell

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