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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    Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

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  • Annisquam Village Church

    Gloucester

    The Annisquam Village Church is an inter-generational community of people from diverse spiritual backgrounds who worship together. Funds raised support... more

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  • Ashley House

    Ashley Falls

    The Ashley House tells the intertwined stories of the Ashleys and the enslaved African Americans who lived here in the 18... more

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  • Balch House

    Beverly

    This 17th century home represents one of Beverly's first settlers, John Balch. He may have lived in a crude early... more

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  • Barnstable Village Walking Tour

    Barnstable

    Free self guided walking tour of historic Barnstable village. more

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  • Blackstone National Heritage Corridor

    Uxbridge

    The Blackstone River runs from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI. Its waters powered the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI, America's... more

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  • Blue Hill Adventures and Quarry Museum

    Westwood

    In 2002 Blue Hill Adventure and Quarry Museum were created to restore, preserve and protect approximately 8,000 acres of the Historic Blue... more

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  • Boston African-American National Historic Site

    Boston

    15 pre-Civil War structures relating to the history of Boston's 19th-century African-American community. more

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  • Boston National Historical Park

    Boston

    Explore historic Boston on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile walking trail stretching from the Boston Common to Bunker Hill in... more

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  • Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary

    Worcester

    Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester is the largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England, with more than 400 acres cooperatively managed... more

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  • Chelsea Art Walk

    Chelsea

    This years Art Walk is June 14th and 15th from 12:00 - 6:00 pm in Chelsea, MA.The Chelsea Art Walk is... more

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  • The Crosby Mansion

    Brewster

    Standing tall on a rise of land with sweeping views of Cape Cod bay, the three-story mansion is also a... more

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  • The Daniel Webster Estate and Heritage Center

    Marshfield

    Beautifully restored 1880 Queen Anne-style mansion on 14 secluded acres. The perfect setting for a wedding of casual elegance or comfortable meeting... more

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  • Duxbury Rural and Historical Society

    Duxbury

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  • Essex County Greenbelt

    Essex

    Since 1961, Essex County Greenbelt has been working to protect the farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic landscapes for the benefit of... more

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  • Essex Heritage Area

    Salem

    500 square miles of historic, cultural, and natural sites... unique and irreplaceable treasures that tell our history. more

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  • Essex National Heritage Area

    Salem

    Covering 500 square miles of northeastern Massachusetts, Essex Heritage is home to over 200 historical sites, renowned museums, wildlife refuges, working farms... more

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  • Fort Revere

    Hull

    Fort Revere Park is an 8+ acre historic site located atop Telegraph Hill in Hull Village. The Park contains the remains... more

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  • Franklin Park Art Grove

    Boston

    Art Grove is a public art experience at the intersection of community, relational art, urban expression, environmental art, and parks. more

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  • Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

    Brookline

    Former home/office of Frederick Law Olmsted, founder of American landscape architecture; plans and photos of his firm's work. Closed... more

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