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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    Westport Historical Society - Handy House

    Westport

  • Whaleman Statue +
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    Whaleman Statue

    New Bedford

  • Whistler House Museum of Art +
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    Whistler House Museum of Art

    Lowell

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    White's Landing

    Brookfield

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    Whitfield-Manjiro Friendship House

    Fairhaven

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    Wicked Art Bar - Paint & Sip Studio

    Beverly

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    William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corps

    Lexington

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    Willowdale Estate

    Topsfield

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    Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property

    Yarmouth Port

  • Worcester Bravehearts Baseball Club +
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    Worcester Bravehearts Baseball Club

    Worcester

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    Yummy Walks

    Boston

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    Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

    New Bedford

  • 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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