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.

white sand beach with palm trees and forested mountains in background
Ocean & Coastal Parks

Find your ocean & coastal parks.

Micro plastics found in the ocean.
Ocean Threats

Some human activities contribute to poor health in our ocean and coastal areas.

Two starfish side by side in an ocean tide pool.
Ocean Life

Discover the many organisms that populate our ocean.

A boy scuba dives at Dry Tortugas National Park

Our ocean and coastal parks are here for you to enjoy, but please be sure to recreate responsibly!

Diver admires an impressive stand of Elkhorn Coral in Biscayne National Park.
Living Blue

Whether or not you live on the coast, the state of the ocean affects us all. You can help protect it by living blue. Follow these tips.

Last updated: April 27, 2022


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