National Parks in Massachusetts

Adams National Historical Park

Location: Quincy, MA

From the sweet little farm at the foot of Penn’s Hill to the gentleman’s country estate at Peace field, Adams National Historical Park is the story of “heroes, statesman, philosophers … and learned women” whose ideas and actions helped to transform thirteen disparate colonies into one united nation.

Fees: 2021 Update: Entrance Fees are waived for 2021. As a result, America the Beautiful Passes are not currently available at Adams National Historical Park. The entrance fee is for all visitors age 16 and older. Children under 16 are free. Credit or Debit Card only.

Hours Info: Presently the grounds are available to the public from dawn until dusk. Visit the Old House at 135 Adams Street and the birthplaces of John Adams and John Quincy Adams at 133 Franklin St. Street parking is available at both locations. House tours are finished for the season and expected to resume in May 2022. The Visitor Center in Quincy Center is open from Monday - Friday, 11am - 3pm. The LAZ garage for parking is accessed from Saville Ave. Parking validated for free.

More Info: https://www.nps.gov/adam/

Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Location: Maine to Georgia, CT,GA,MA,MD,ME,NC,NH,NJ,NY,PA,TN,VA,VT,WV

The Appalachian Trail is a 2,180+ mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies and thousands of volunteers.

Fees: The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (NST) does not charge an entrance fee for use of the trail on Appalachian NST land.

Hours Info: In general, the Appalachian Trail is open year-round. The northern terminus at Mount Katahdin in Maine is within Baxter State Park, which may be closed in winter months, depending on weather conditions. Particular sections of the Trail, and less-developed roads accessing the Trail, may be closed temporarily for a number of reasons, but otherwise the trail is open.

More Info: https://www.nps.gov/appa/

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park

Location: RI,MA

The Blackstone River powered America's entry into the Age of Industry. The success of Samuel Slater's cotton spinning mill in Pawtucket, RI touched off a chain reaction that changed how people worked and where they lived, and continues to reverberate across the nation to this day. Come visit and see how this revolution transformed the landscape of the Blackstone Valley and then the United States.

Fees: At this point, the National Park Service does not charge any fees at the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. However, some of our partner sites do charge fees, as these sites are run by private, non-profit organizations.

Hours Info: The park grounds are open from Sunrise to Sunset. The Slater Mill is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM for visitor services. The headquarters are located at Slater Mill 67 Roosevelt Ave Pawtucket, RI 02860 401-521-7266

More Info: https://www.nps.gov/blrv/

Boston National Historical Park

Location: Boston, MA

Discover how one city could be the Cradle of Liberty, site of the first major battle of American Revolution, and home to many who espoused that freedom can be extended to all.

More Info: https://www.nps.gov/bost/

Boston African American National Historic Site

Location: Boston, MA

Centered on the north slope of Beacon Hill, the African American community of 19th century Boston led the city and the nation in the fight against slavery and injustice. These remarkable men and women, together with their allies, were leaders in the Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, and the early struggle for equal rights and education.

More Info: https://www.nps.gov/boaf/

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Location: Boston, MA

. . . where you can walk a Civil War-era fort, visit historic lighthouses, explore tide pools, hike lush trails, camp under the stars, or relax while fishing, picnicking or swimming-all within reach of downtown Boston. Youth programs, visitor services, research, wildlife management, and more are coordinated on the park's 34 islands and peninsulas by the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership.

Fees: Boston Harbor Islands is a Partnership park; fees and reservations vary. The park does not charge an admission fee, but a transportation fee applies for the public ferry. Reservations are recommended. Please note that National Park Land Passes do not cover transportation fees. Visit bostonharborislands.org to plan your trip.

Hours Info: Boston Harbor Islands is a Partnership park. Operating hours and seasons vary. Visit bostonharborislands.org to plan your trip.

More Info: https://www.nps.gov/boha/

Cape Cod National Seashore

Location: Wellfleet, MA

The great Outer Beach described by Thoreau in the 1800s is protected within the national seashore. Forty miles of pristine sandy beach, marshes, ponds, and uplands support diverse species. Lighthouses, cultural landscapes, and wild cranberry bogs offer a glimpse of Cape Cod's past and continuing ways of life. Swimming beaches and walking and biking trails beckon today's visitors.

Fees: The daily vehicle beach entrance pass grants access to all six Cape Cod National Seashore-managed beach parking lots for one private vehicle. The pass must be purchased on the day of use and is good for that calendar day. Purchase at beach entrance stations during business hours. Fees are typically collected at the six beaches from late spring through the end of September.

Hours Info: Beaches, parking areas, and trails are open year-round between 6 AM and midnight.

More Info: https://www.nps.gov/caco/

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

Location: Brookline, MA

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) is recognized as the founder of American landscape architecture and the nation's foremost parkmaker. Olmsted moved his home to suburban Boston in 1883 and established the world's first full-scale professional office for the practice of landscape design. During the next century, his sons and successors perpetuated Olmsted's design ideals, philosophy, and influence.

More Info: https://www.nps.gov/frla/

John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site

Location: Brookline, MA

As a boy, JFK’s parents never expected he would grow up to be president. Yet in his birthplace home he learned values that inspired a life in public service. His mother, Rose Kennedy, recreated her family’s first home to share her memories of those early years with visitors. We commemorate not only his early life, but the ideas and principles he left behind.

Fees: All tours of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site are free of charge.

More Info: https://www.nps.gov/jofi/

Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

Location: Cambridge, MA

Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site preserves the home of Henry W. Longfellow, one of the world’s foremost 19th century poets. The house also served as headquarters for General George Washington during the Siege of Boston, July 1775 - April 1776. In addition to its rich history, the site offers unique opportunities to explore 19th century literature and arts.

Fees: Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site is a fee free site. This includes all tours and special events.

Hours Info: The House is closed from November through mid-May. The grounds are open daily, dawn-dusk.

More Info: https://www.nps.gov/long/

Lowell National Historical Park

Location: Lowell, MA

Discover the Continuing Revolution. Lowell’s water-powered textile mills catapulted the nation – including immigrant families and early female factory workers – into an uncertain new industrial era. Nearly 200 years later, the changes that began here still reverberate in our shifting global economy. Explore Lowell, a living monument to the dynamic human story of the Industrial Revolution.

Fees: Interpretive Demonstration fees at the Boott Mills Museum- $6 for Adults, $4 Senior (62+), $3 Student, $3 Youth (under 17), Free for 5 or under. Discounts for America the Beautiful Interagency Pass holders. Free for 4th grade holders of the Every Kid in a Park Pass.

Hours Info: The Visitor Center (246 Market Street) and the Boott Cotton Mills Museum (115 John Street) are open daily from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The Mill Girls Boardinghouse Exhibit (40 French Street) is currently closed for the season.

More Info: https://www.nps.gov/lowe/

Minute Man National Historical Park

Location: Concord, Lincoln, Lexington, MA

At Minute Man National Historical Park the opening battle of the Revolution is brought to life as visitors explore the battlefields and structures associated with April 19, 1775, and witness the American revolutionary spirit through the writings of the Concord authors.

More Info: https://www.nps.gov/mima/

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

Location: New Bedford, MA

"The town itself is perhaps the dearest place to live in, in all New England..nowhere in all America will you find more patrician-like houses, parks and gardens more opulent, than in New Bedford…all these brave houses and flowery gardens came from the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. One and all, they were harpooned and dragged up hither from the bottom of the sea." H. Melville, "Moby-Dick"

Fees: New Bedford Whaling National Historical is a fee free park. Fees are however collected at other privately owned and operated sites by self-supporting associations working cooperatively with the park, including partners. These sites rely on admission fees as they do not receive federal funding for operations and therefore do not accept the National Parks Pass for admission.

Hours Info: New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park is an urban park located in the City of New Bedford. Holidays: Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

More Info: https://www.nps.gov/nebe/

New England National Scenic Trail

Location: MA,CT

From the Sound to the Summits: the New England Trail covers 215 miles from Long Island Sound across long ridges to scenic mountain summits in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The trail offers panoramic vistas and close-ups of New England’s natural and cultural landscape: traprock ridges, historic village centers, farmlands, unfragmented forests, quiet streams, steep river valleys and waterfalls.

Fees: There are no fees to hike the New England Trail. Overnight site fees vary, please visit http://www.newenglandtrail.org/get-on-the-trail/overnight-sites, for details and fees.

Hours Info: As the New England trail crosses private property and state land, many locations along the trail do not permit night hiking or overnight parking. Before going out on a hike, check the hours of local parks for parking and hiking regulations.

More Info: https://www.nps.gov/neen/

Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Location: Salem, MA

Established on March 17, 1938 as the first National Historic Site in the United States, Salem Maritime National Historic Site consists of nine acres of land and twelve historic structures along the Salem waterfront, as well as a downtown visitor center. Located in the urban setting of Salem, the park preserves and interprets over 600 years of New England's maritime history and global connections.

Fees: Salem Maritime National Historic Site does not require an entrance fee. There are no fees for any park programs, tours or park films.

Hours Info: All outdoor spaces including the grounds, gardens, waterfront, and wharves are accessible 7 days a week. Please check the visitor center hours to learn more about which facilities are open.

More Info: https://www.nps.gov/sama/

Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

Location: Saugus, MA

In the 1600's, on the banks of the Saugus River, something extraordinary happened! Explore the place where European iron makers brought their special skills to a young Massachusetts colony. Saugus Iron Works is a twelve-acre National Historic Site that includes working waterwheels, forges, mills, a historic 17th century home, and a lush river basin.

Fees: Saugus Iron Works does not require an entrance fee. All tours, education programs, and community events are free.

Hours Info: All outdoor spaces including the grounds and walking paths are accessible 7 days a week. Please check the visitor center hours to learn more about which facilities are open.

More Info: https://www.nps.gov/sair/

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Location: Springfield, MA

For nearly two centuries, the US Armed Forces and American industry looked to Springfield Armory for innovative engineering and superior firearms. Springfield Armory National Historic Site commemorates the critical role of the nation’s first armory by preserving and interpreting the world's largest historic US military small arms collection, along with historic archives, buildings, and landscapes.

Fees: There is no entrance fee to visit Springfield Armory National Historic Site

More Info: https://www.nps.gov/spar/

Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail

Location: MA,RI,CT,NY,NJ,PA,DE,MD,VA,DC

In 1781, General Rochambeau’s French Army joined forces with General Washington’s Continental Army to fight the British Army in Yorktown, Virginia. With the French Navy in support, the allied armies moved hundreds of miles to become the largest troop movement of the American Revolution. The effort and cooperation between the two sides led to a victory at Yorktown and secured American independence.

Fees: There is no fee to explore the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail, but fees may apply for sites and attractions along the trail. Visitors should contact sites individually for further information.

Hours Info: The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route NHT can be travelled year-round. The NHT connects national, state, and local parks as well a great number of historic sites and landmarks. Visitors should contact sites or attractions individually as operating hours vary widely by site and season.

More Info: https://www.nps.gov/waro/

National Parks in Massachusetts