More than 10 million people visited Mass. national parks in 2012

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BOSTON (AP) — The National Park Service says there were nearly 10.5 million visitors to national parks in Massachusetts in 2012.

Those visitors spent more than $500 million, helping support about 6,500 jobs.

The Cape Cod National Seashore, one of more than a dozen national parks in Massachusetts, accounted for nearly one-third of those visitors. More than 3 million people visited, spending about $158 million.

The Boston National Historical Park — which includes Faneuil Hall, the Old South Meeting House, the Paul Revere House and the Old North Church — had 2.6 million visitors. They spent about $141 million.

Other national parks in Massachusetts include the Boston African American National Historic Site, the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

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