The National Parks of Boston

Did you know that there are three National Park units in Boston?

Wide view of Boston city skyline in the darkening light of sunset. View is from water looking at many towers with illuminated windows.
Boston city skyline at sunset.

NPS Photo/A. Pollock


The National Parks of Boston are three unique parks all connected by stories of revolution...

Boston is the birthplace of the American Revolution, and a driver of social and environmental revolutions of the 1800s and 1900s. The National Parks of Boston, including Boston African American National Historic Site, Boston National Historical Park, and Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, invites you to explore the seeds of revolution, and the on-going and many-sided struggle for civil rights, liberties, and environmental justice.

Out on Boston’s Trails to Freedom, explore the meaning of freedom through sites and stories that explore the motivations that pressed for independence from Britain, and launched revolutionary movements to abolish slavery, extend the vote, and safeguard civil rights and liberties to all people.

Heading out by ferry, experience the fruits of an environmental revolution that resulted in the clean-up of Boston Harbor and creation of Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. Visit a Civil War-era fort, explore tide pools, camp under the stars, or simply enjoy an expansive 360 degree view—all within reach of downtown Boston.


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    Last updated: January 12, 2023

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