The Massachusetts park system is rich with history. Self-guided or Education, Interpretation & Visitor Services are available at selected parks.

South Region

Borderland State ParkN. Easton
Boston Harbor IslandsHingham
Dighton Rock State ParkBerkley
Fort Phoenix State ReservationFairhaven
Freetown-Fall River State ForestAssonet
Horseneck Beach State ReservationWestport
Myles Standish Monument State ReservationDuxbury
Nickerson State ParkBrewster
Pilgrim Memorial State Park (Plymouth Rock)Plymouth
Scusset Beach State ReservationSandwich
Schooner ErnestinaNew Bedford
Shawme-Crowell State ForestSandwich

North Region

Bradley Palmer State Park Topsfield
Great Brook Farm State ParkCarlisle
Halibut Point State ParkRockport
Lawrence Heritage State ParkLawrence
Lynn Heritage State ParkLynn
Maudslay State ParkNewburyport
Walden Pond State ReservationConcord

Central Region

Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State ParkUxbridge
Leominster State ForestWestminster
Moore State ParkPaxton
Spencer State ForestSpencer
Wachusett Mountain State ReservationPrinceton
Lake Dennison Recreation AreaWinchendon
Wells State ParkSturbridge

West Region

Holyoke Heritage State ParkHolyoke
Holyoke Range State ParkAmherst
Mt. Greylock State ReservationLanesborough
Natural Bridge State ParkNorth Adams
Pittsfield State ForestPittsfield
Skinner State ParkHadley
Western Gateway Heritage State ParkNorth Adams

Boston Region

Roxbury Heritage State ParkRoxbury

Historic Sites and Museums in Greater Boston

Boston - Fort Warren, Georges Island This military fort defended Boston Harbor in all U.S. wars through World War II and was used as a prison during the Civil War for Confederate military and civil personnel. 

Boston - Fort Independence, Castle Island Continuous fortification since 1634. Present fort built between 1834 and 1851. 

Hull - Fort Revere Telegraph Hill 617-727-5290 Originally called Fort Independence, this site is a pentagonal fortification with 22 cannons. 

Milton - Trailside Museum Blue Hills Reservation, 1904 Canton Ave. 617-333-0690 Live animal exhibits and other displays depicting natural history of the Blue Hills area are featured. 

Quincy - The Quincy Homestead 345 Butler Rd., corner of Hancock St. 617-472-5117 on site or 617-742-3190 for information from the Colonial Dames.  Historic homestead built in 1686 with an extensive addition in 1706 and modifications over the next century and a half, with furnishings mostly of the 18th century period.

West Roxbury - Brook Farm Historic Site Baker Street, 1/3 mile west of VFW parkway. Open year-round, dawn to dusk 617- 698-1802. This National Historic Landmark is 179 acres of rolling fields

Observation Towers in Greater Boston

  • East Boston - Belle Isle Marsh (tower - 16 feet)
  • Views of the Marsh, Beachmont, Winthrop and the Boston skyline
  • Milton - Eliot Tower (elevation - 620 feet) Blue Hills Reservation.
  • Medford - Wright's Tower (elevation - 243 feet)
  • Pine Hill, Middlesex Fells Reservation
  • Excellent views of the Boston skyline, Harbor Islands, Mystic River Valley and the Middlesex Fells Reservation.
  • Medford - Mystic River Reservation Tower (tower - 16 feet)
  • Mystic Valley Pkwy. Views of the lower Mystic River Basin
  • Milton - Chickatawbut Tower (elevation - 504) Blue Hills Reservation
  • Stoneham - Bear Hill Tower (elevation - 317 feet), Middlesex Fells Reservation. Views north to Cape Ann, New Hampshire and west to Mt. Wachusett.
  • Weston - Norumbega Tower (elevation - 110 feet) Charles River, Norumbega Rd.