It's National Parks Week! Lighten up your financial load and let your stress melt away as you explore some of America's (and Massachusetts') greatest legacies: our National Parks. This week, "To make it easier to experience America's Great Outdoors, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees, so visitors can enjoy all 392 national parks for free April 17-25." What a solid deal!
What does this mean for those of us in Massachusetts -- and especially the Boston area that want to hit the old dusty(/muddy) trails? Well, it means you'll have access to 17 National Parks throughout Massachusetts, that range from just a few miles outside of Boston to a day-trip worth of fun in areas of Western Mass like Springfield. Whether you're interested in checking out the roots of the American Revolution or the Industrial Revolution, there's an interesting spot for everyone on the spectrum.
Checkout these great locations across our lovely state, and for a list of every National Park in the U.S., click here.
Massachusetts National Parks:
Adams National Historic Park - Quincy, MA
Appalachian National Scenic Trail - Maine to Georgia, CT,GA,MA,MD,ME,NC,NH,NJ,NY,PA,TN,VA,VT,WV
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor - The Blackstone Valley, MA,RI
Boston National Historical Park - Boston, MA
Boston African American National Historic Site - Boston, MA
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area - Boston, MA
Cape Cod National Seashore - Wellfleet, MA
Essex National Heritage Area - Essex County, MA
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site - Brookline, MA
John F Kennedy National Historic Site - Brookline, MA
Longfellow National Historic Site - Cambridge, MA
Lowell National Historical Park - Lowell, MA
Minute Man National Historical Park - Concord, Lincoln, Lexington, MA
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park - New Bedford, MA
Salem Maritime National Historic Site - Salem, MA
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site - Saugus, MA
Springfield Armory National Historic Site - Springfield, MA
Go forth! Have fun! Learn some sweet sweet Mass-Facts!
Not in Mass but still want to take advantage of this awesome week of National Park freebies: Check out National Parks in Your Area