Instead of waiting in long lines at man-made attractions, skip past the hot pavement and jump in the water at many of the National Parks this summer. Here are six featured on the NP site to get you packing…

From Cape Cod to Michigan, skip the high fees at water parks and experience the beauty of nature.

 Cape Cod National Seashore (Massachusetts)
Learn the art of saltwater fishing as you enjoy a quiet morning along the seashore.

De Soto National Memorial (Florida)
Paddle through time as you explore the waters that Native American Indians and Spaniards used hundreds of years ago.

Fort Washington Park (Maryland)
Cast a line along the Potomac as you hear about the history of the river and learn about the wildlife in the area.

Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site (Hawai’i)
Experience the tradition and history of Hawaiian sailing as you ride on a double-hulled canoe.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (Michigan)
Cool off as you float on a tube or raft down the Platte River, enjoying the wildflowers and birds along the way.

Virgin Islands National Park (Virgin Islands)
Discover the underwater world as you snorkel over a coral reef.

Browse the full range of summer aquatic options here. There is nothing ordinary about the National Park system, and nothing but fun for the family with these special journeys in our National Parks.

Here are a few more ideas:

  • Paddle through time as you explore the waters that Native American Indians and Spaniards used hundreds of years ago in De Soto National Memorial (Florida)
  • Capture and release small fish along the surf’s edge of the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world in Padre Island National Seashore (Texas)
  • Explore the wildlife and mangroves of Ten Thousand Islands by canoe in Everglades National Park (Florida)

Be sure to check out the National Park Service’s event calendar to find a fun activity to plunge into!

The National Park Foundations supports America’s over 400 parks by:
PROTECTING American’s national parks through critical conservation & preservation efforts; CONNECTING all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture, rich history and the transformative community work of the National Park Service connect, and INSPIRING lifelong engagement with the next generation of park stewards.

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