Plan Your Visit
Recommended Activities and Park Use
Suggested activities include: walking, jogging, or cycling along the path from Micro Beach; visiting the Carillon Belltower, U.S. Memorial Court of Honor, Smiling Cove Marina, and various historic and cultural sites; picnicking and barbecuing at designated areas; playing tennis or other sports; relaxing on the beach or picnic areas; observing plants, birds, and flowers in the wetlands and mangrove forest; and attending a special event or activity, such as the Flametree Festival, Liberation Festival, or a beach clean up.
Basic Visit Recommendations
Set aside one or two hours to visit the park. Starting from Micro Beach Pavilion, walk along the path and stop at the Carillon Belltower, U.S. Court of Honor and Flag Circle, Smiling Cove Marina, and other historic and cultural sites. Spend an hour enjoying the birds, trees, and plants in the wetland and mangrove forest (it can be very muddy, so wear boots). Or spend time playing tennis, relaxing at Micro Beach, or having a picnic.
Special Events and Programs
National Park Week, Environmental Awareness Week, the Liberation Festival, the Flametree Arts Festival, and other annual events frequent the park. See the Calendar of Events for current listings. Interpretive programs on war history, natural history, wetlands, birding, and ranger careers are available upon request.
Adjacent Visitor Attractions
Micro Beach is one of the finest windsurfing beaches in the Marianas. At Smiling Cove Marina, visitors can enjoy boat rides to Managaha Island and sunset cruises. Within walking distance is the tourist district of Garapan, full of souvenir shops and restaurants.
The park mostly accommodates day-use visitation. More than 10 hotels (of varying price ranges) are within easy walking distance of the park.
Food and Supplies
There are numerous shops and restaurants within walking distance from the park in Central Garapan. A small convenience store is located at Outer Cove Marina.
Other Concessions and NPS-Managed Visitor Facilities and Opportunities
There are four night-lighted tennis courts open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. There are also field sport areas, picnic sites, and a children's playground on the premises.
Smiling Cove recreational pleasure boat marina is managed in cooperation with the CNMI Division of Fish & Wildlife. Currently under construction, the Outer Cove Marina includes a fuel dock and a mini market.
Please help protect our historic, cultural, and natural resources. Please do not disturb, remove, or damage them. They are protected under Federal and Commonwealth law. Do not disturb or remove any World War II ammunition that you find on or off shore. Inform a ranger about its location so it can be removed by qualified personnel.
Did You Know?
On D-Day, June 15, 1944, the Island of Saipan was attacked by the United States' 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions, who landed along the western lagoon of Saipan. Two days later, the U.S. Army 27th Infantry Division landed in support of the invasion and fought along the eastern half of Saipan. More...