Things To Do
American Memorial Park hosts many local events and activities throughout the year, including graduations, festivals, and ceremonies. Special use permits are required for groups of 25 people or more, any commercial activity, or for the exclusive use of the amphitheater, Micro Beach pavilion, sports fields, or tennis courts.
Visitor Center and Exhibits
For information, visit the ranger's station in the amphitheater pavilion complex.
U.S. Memorial Court of Honor and Flag Circle
Etched into stone plaques are the names of more than 5,000 military personnel who gave their lives during the Marianas WWII Campaign. The Memorial surrounds the tall American flag, flanked by the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force flags.
The Carillon Belltower is dedicated to the American and Northern Marianas people who died during World War II. In their remembrance, bells chime every half-hour from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The park contains many remnant structures from World War II. Scattered throughout the park are Japanese pillboxes, buildings, fuel storage tanks, bunkers, and a bathhouse/garden complex. There is also a Chamorro Latte Stone near the park entrance where Beach Road ends.
The first Carolinian village site is marked by a wayside exhibit at Micro Beach.
Wetland Mangrove Forest
The 30-acre wetland and mangrove forest is a remnant ecosystem habitat of the Northern Marianas. The wetlands contain numerous species of plants, trees, flowers, and birds, including the endangered Nightingale Reed-Warbler. The adjacent mudflats are an important migratory bird site.
Trails and Roads
A picturesque bike and walking path runs from Micro Beach, past the Court of Honor and Flag Circle and Smiling Cove Marina, and ends at the Puerto Rico landfill. All areas of the park are accessible by paved or well-groomed roads and trails.
Programs and Activities
A modern 1,200-seat outdoor amphitheater complex and other facilities host a variety of special events. Wetland, bird watching, and educational tours are available by making advanced arrangements with the National Park Service.
Amphitheater Stage and Pavilion Complex
Built to hold large events and ceremonies, this outdoor amphitheater consists of a 4,000-square foot stage, bleacher and berm seating for 1,200 people, overhead lighting, restrooms, a 150-car parking lot, and adjacent grassy areas. Use of the amphitheater requires a special use permit. Applications may be submitted to the NPS office. There are no user fees, but a refundable security deposit is required for all events.
A jungle gym with slides and swingsets is located near scenic Punton Muchot (Micro Beach Point), adjacent to the old Carolinian village site. From the playground are panoramic views of the lagoon and Managaha Island. The playground was donated by the Saipan Rotary Club in 1997. This site always remains open to the public (i.e. can not be reserved for exclusive events).
Micro Beach is one of the finest white sand beaches in Saipan. Overlooking the beautiful island of Managaha, Micro Beach is always filled with kayakers, swimmers, sunbathers, and windsurfers. Historically, it was the site of the first Carolinian village. Before heading out to sea, navigators would come to this area to interpret the stars before heading out to sea. Presently, locals and tourists alike enjoy the fine white sand and crystal blue waters of Micro Beach.
Micro Beach Pavilion
Micro Beach Pavilion is a 1,200-square foot structure, located adjacent to the Micro Beach parking area, along the beach. It is a popular spot for local fiestas and barbecues, since it is large, sheltered, and contains benches, a barbecue pit, and a nearby grassy area. The pavilion is complemented by the native plant "Beach Morning Glory" (Ipomoea pes-caprae) and Agatelang (Eugenia palumbis) planted by Upward Bound students and other volunteers. The pavilion does not have electrical power at this time. Use of the pavilion requires a special use permit.
The 1.2-mile scenic pathway stretches from the Micro Beach Pavilion to the Puerto Rico landfill. Several historic structures can be seen along the path, including World War II Japanese pillboxes, bunkers, and fuel storage tanks. Activities permitted on the pathway include walking, jogging, bicycling, rollerblading, and skateboarding. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on any of the Park pathways at any time.
Picnic & Barbecue Sites
There are several picnic tables and barbecue pits along the pathway, near Micro Beach and the children's playground, and next to the sports fields. They are available to the public on a first-come first-serve basis. All fires must be contained in barbecue pits off the ground and away from vegetation. Please try to keep the area litter free by throwing away all trash in the receptacles provided.
Smiling Cove Marina
There is a 70-slip marina for 20 to 45 foot pleasure boats. The marina is managed by the CNMI Division of Fish & Wildlife (DFW), Marine Operations Division in cooperation with the National Park Service. From here, tour boats depart for watersports activities, Managaha Island (a reef islet 1.5 miles from Saipan), and sunset cruises. The marina was built for private recreational use. Facilities include a parking lot, boat ramp, weigh station, docks, and restrooms. The National Park Service is responsible for activities on marina land, while DFW is responsible for managing the docks, water areas and operations. To contact the Marina Manager, please call Ph.(670) 233-1679.
Outer Cove Marina
A 45-slip commercial boat marina for 25 to 100 foot boats is located at the northeastern outer cove peninsula. The marina is managed by the Marine Revitalization Corporation through a concession agreement with the National Park Service. Planned improvements include restrooms, a fueling station, a bilge pump, paved parking, picnic shelters, and a mini-mart.
A ball field, several open grassy areas, and picnic tables are available for sports tournaments, fairs, and other community events. A special use permit is required for use.
Tennis Court Complex
Four tennis courts are open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. Other complex facilities include restrooms, parking, an office, and night lighting. Volunteers from the tennis community help operate the courts; while the Marianas Visitors Bureau maintains the landscaping. Chewing gum, chewing betel nut, smoking, rollerblading, bicycling, bare feet, boots, and slippers are not permitted on the tennis courts. Group use of the complex requires a special use permit.
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