National Parks Protect our Ocean and Coasts
The 88 ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes park units with the National Park Service are conserved so all may know and experience the nation's unique coastal and submerged ecosystems, natural resources, and maritime heritage. These spectacular places encompass a broad range of breathtaking natural features, including coral reefs, kelp forests, beaches, tidewater glaciers, estuaries, sand dunes, islands, and more. Many are also gateways for exploring the nation's rich maritime and military history, including lighthouses, forts, and battlefields. Explore this site to learn more about America's great ocean and coastal parks and the ways in which they connect us all.