When vacation time calls, look to the national parks for some of the most satisfying and least costly alternatives. Open year round, national parks offer activities across the country. For outdoor adventure or indoor discovery—try a venture into the national parks.
There are more than 400 national parks to choose from so if you need a little help picking one, you're at the right place. Travel Tips can get you started. Park Lodging will help you find a place to sleep.
You can Find a Park to search for events and activities (see the Plan Your Visit section for each park), participate in one of the many Institutes and Field Schools or save some money and come on one of the days we waive entrance fees. You can browse our weekly getaway series for inspiration. You can even volunteer to help us take care of the national parks while you're here.
There's an adventure out there for everyone—plan yours soon!
Everglades National Park,
Dig up the past, discover a lost civilization, and learn the ways of the Calusa during Florida Archaeology Month. Boat tours and nature walks introduce visitors to the early history of the Ten Thousand Islands area. Try your hand at making pottery, creating shell tools, and tossing the atlatl spear. A mock archaeological dig site allows kids to test their discovery skills.
Pecos National Historical Park,
Engaging activities and creative events fill this weekend encampment honoring the Southwest region's most decisive skirmish of the Civil War, the Battle of Glorietta Pass. Tour the battlefield with a guide and explore the living history camps. The weekend will be filled with history talks, black powder demonstrations, 19th century music, and more.
April 12, April 19-21, April 26
Minute Man National Historical Park,
Each year in mid-April, historic Lexington and Concord is the place to remember the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War. Parades, reenactments, commemorative ceremonies and more are on the agenda.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site,
Experience first-hand the tradition of Hawaiian sailing. A sailing expert guides the ride on a double-hulled canoe, sharing interesting tidbits about Hawaiian sailing techniques, history and culture. Free tickets are available first-come-first-serve at the visitor center beginning at 8 am every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.