Things to Do

There is something for everyone in the Midwest. See what makes the Great Plains great. Dip your toes in the continent's inland seas. Learn about Native American heritage and history. Paddle miles of scenic rivers and waterways. Explore the homes of former presidents. From the Civil War to Civil Rights, discover the stories that shape our journey as a nation.

Use the links below to find things do in your Midwest national parks.
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Things to Do by State

Find things to do by state. Pages contain parks in each state, insider planning tips, and trip ideas.

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Things to Do Search

Search the national list of things to do by park, activity type, and more.

Forest-covered islands, blue lake water, and rocky shoreline.

Trip Ideas

Browse trip idea itineraries to Midwest national parks.

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National Heritage Areas

Explore the eight National Heritage Areas in the Midwest. Unlike national parks, these are large lived-in landscapes.

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The New NPS App

One app, every park at your fingertips. Experience and explore national parks using a new app for mobile devices.

Things to Do by State

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    Last updated: April 25, 2022