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.
Last updated: May 26, 2020