National Parks Protect our Ocean and Coasts

These 88 ocean and coastal parks are conserved so all may know and experience the nation's ocean and maritime heritage. These spectacular places encompass beautiful 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. Explore this site to learn more about America's great waters and the ways in which they connect us all.

A man overlooks the ocean at Acadia National Park.

Ocean Parks

Explore 88 ocean and coastal parks.

Kelp Forest at Channel Islands

Ocean Habitats

The ocean contains the greatest diversity of life on Earth.

A boy scuba dives at Dry Tortugas National Park


Our ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes parks are here for you to enjoy, whether you are seeking quiet contemplation or high adventure.

A man observes a coral reef.

Ocean Threats

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

Spree Dry Tortugas

Protect the Ocean

Learn to live blue.

NPS Photo - Channel Islands National Park

Ocean Life

Discover the many organisms that populate our ocean.

Children look at seastars

Ocean Education

Immerse your students in this amazing environment.

Last updated: May 30, 2017


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