MA National Park Tourism Generated $503.2 Million

New Bedford Whaling Museum. Photo/Tom Richardson
New Bedford Whaling Museum. Photo/Tom Richardson

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 10,487,447 visitors to national parks in Massachusetts spent $503.2 million and supported 6,499 jobs in the state in 2012.

The national parks in Massachusetts are: Adams National Historical Park, Boston African American National Historic Site, Boston National Historical Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, Longfellow National Historic Site, Lowell National Historical Park, Minute Man National Historical Park, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, and Springfield Armory National Historic Site.

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The report shows $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 243,000 jobs nationally, with 201,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.75 billion.

According to the report most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39%), hotels, motels and B&Bs (27%), and other amusement and recreation (20%).

To download the report visit the National Park Service website here.

The report includes information for visitor spending by park and by state.