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

  • Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company: Museum & Library +
    1 saves

    Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company: Museum & Library

    Boston

  • Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, a Historic New England property +
    74 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 +
    113 saves

    Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours

    Salem

  • DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS +
    254 saves

    DEAD OF NIGHT GHOST TOURS

    Plymouth

  • Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds +
    3 saves

    Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds

    Newton

  • Duxbury Rural and Historical Society +
    0 saves

    Duxbury Rural and Historical Society

    Duxbury

  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace +
    411 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 +
    24 saves

    The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts

    Worcester

  • Hocus Pocus Tours +
    10 saves

    Hocus Pocus Tours

    Salem

  • The House of the Seven Gables +
    381 saves

    The House of the Seven Gables

    Salem

  • Jackson Homestead and Museum +
    8 saves

    Jackson Homestead and Museum

    Newton

  • Jenney Museum - Faith and the Forefathers, +
    66 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 +
    40 saves

    Massachusetts Horticultural Society- The Gardens at Elm Bank

    Wellesley

  • Old North Church +
    142 saves

    Old North Church

    Boston

  • Old Stone Schoolhouse +
    4 saves

    Old Stone Schoolhouse

    Fairhaven

  • The Paragon Carousel +
    2 saves

    The Paragon Carousel

    Hull

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