Our amazing national parks provide plenty of places where you can literally immerse yourself in nature. Go for a swim, snorkel, or scuba dive in underwater worlds just waiting to be explored. Whether you prefer diving or snorkeling, bird watching or whale watching, there is no better place than a national park to encounter wildlife in its natural habitat. The diversity of scenery and species in these places could fill more than a lifetime of exploration. Maritime museums, lighthouses, historic forts, and educational programs on the oceans and Great Lakes tell stories of people and cultures that shape our nation's history. Whether you seek relaxation, exhilaration, or inspiration, the 85 National Park Service sites in our oceans and along our coasts and Great Lakes' shorelines provide many ways to experience America's great waters. Find current tips on how to Recreate Responsibly.
Take a walk on the wild side. Ocean and coastal parks are ideal places to encounter wildlife.
Get out on the water! Ocean and coastal parks provide rich and varied opportunities for boating.
Dive Your Park
Immerse yourself! Some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world can be found in America's national parks.
Become one with the scenery. Ocean and coastal national parks provide a range of paddling opportunities.
Catch a Wave: National parks provide great opportunities for watersports such as surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding.
A Day at the Beach: National parks preserve some of the most scenic beaches in the world.
Reel in Your Best Day on the Water! Sport fishing is long-standing and popular tradition in our national parks.
Enjoy Your Parks Safely. Whether you are boating, paddling, swimming or surfing safety is just as important as having fun.
Explore Marine Protected Areas
MPA's offer many different types of recreational opportunities. Make the most of your coast!
Last updated: May 26, 2020