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Incredible Historical Parks

As we immerse ourselves in the joys of spring, some of us envision being whisked to a picturesque, historical backdrop.  And, as we daydream about the exploration, we wish we were closer to places like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion.

While the aforesaid sites indeed sound exhilarating, we must not forget there are rich-in-history parks located in our own region.  So, if national parks seem to be popping up on your travel radar screen, here are some great stops to consider.

Adams National Historical Park

This remarkable locale holds the birthplace of two United States presidents: Founding Father and second president, John Adams; and Adams’ oldest son, sixth president, John Quincy Adams (naturally, Abigail Adams lived on the land, too).  The impressive property includes eleven buildings and contains a wealth of information.  In point of fact, The Stone Library houses a vast array of personal papers and roughly 14,000 books.  In total, there are nearly 100,000 objects inside the enchanting estate, and the majority of the artifacts are originals.  Tickets to Adams National Historical Park are available at the off-site visitor center; the building features a gift shop and viewing room, as well.  Guided tours depart from the visitor center via trolley from April 19 through November 10.

Lowell National Historical Park

At one time, Lowell was an Industrial Revolution success story.  The Middlesex Canal, finished in 1803, connected the Merrimack River to the Charles River.  This feeder waterway, along with the Pawtucket Canal, set the stage for a thriving industrial community, commonly known as Boott Cotton Mill complex.  In the 19th century, the brick complex drew young women and immigrants from around the world to work in the water-powered mills.  Following WWII, textile factories in New England underwent a significant downturn.  Within 20 years, many of the Lowell structures were empty.  Fortunately, Lowell National Historical Park recreates this vital part of American history.  A visitor center, along with canal walkways and multiple buildings including the Boott Mill boardinghouse, afford the experience to be both sobering and captivating.

New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

At some point years ago, people came to realize that whale carcasses produced marketable supplies like oil, meat, and blubber.  Because of this, whales were hunted in this nation at one time.  The geographical location of New Bedford made the area an extremely successful whaling port.  Today, many individuals are thankful that American whaling no longer exists.  Still, since 1996, a 34-acre national park pays tribute to the bygone era.  Interestingly, the National Park Service (NPS) is partnered with The City of New Bedford on the project.  The property includes a visitor center, museum, and an assortment of memorable constructions.

As you might have thought, there are many other national parks and national historical sites to see in Massachusetts besides the ones mentioned.

An unparalleled perk?

United States citizens and permanent residents 62 years and older can purchase a lifetime pass for $10.  Basically, the pass allows seniors entryway to 2,000 federal recreation sites.  To learn more about the appealing pass offer, go to https://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html

Joyous spring?  Happy travels!

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