Explore Your National Parks This Summer!

Explore Your National Parks This Summer!

With such beautiful weather around the country, summer is the perfect time to go on a national park adventure.

From sandy shores, and majestic views, to hands-on learning and voluntourism fun, America’s national parks have everything you could ask for in a vacation!

National parks across the country are hosting a variety of special summer events and activities, and here are a few of our favorites. Happy Planning!

CALIFORNIA – San Francisco Maritime National Historic ParkGo back in time and hop aboard the historic 19th century ship, Balclutha, and learn how the sailors survived the treacherous Cape Horn passage! For more information click here.

KENTUCKY/TENNESSEE/VIRGINIA – Cumberland Gap National Historical ParkTake 183 steps below the surface of the Earth at Gap Cave for a two-hour guided adventure under shimmering stalagmites, remarkable stalactites, and twinkling flowstone. Interact with a little brown bat, a cave salamander, and listen to the whispers of a Civil War soldier in a music room. For more information click here.

MISSOURI – Jefferson National Expansion MemorialCome and practice yoga under the 630 foot Gateway Arch that watches over the St. Louis City. For more information click here.

NEBRASKA – Homestead National Monument of AmericaCatch the traveling exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” while it’s in a national park! Learn hands-on how President Abraham Lincoln’s strong leadership guided the nation through some of its most challenging years and into a brighter future for all. For more information click here.

NEW JERSEY – Gateway National Recreation AreaGrab a lifejacket and your swimsuit, and join in on the kayaking fun at Great Kills Park! For more information click here.

SOUTH CAROLINA – Ninety Six Historic SiteWalk the actual grounds where two Revolutionary War battles were fought in the tall woods of South Carolina! Go on a one-mile guided hike and learn all about the Cherokee Indians and the Continental Army Major General Nathanael Greene’s Patriots. For more information click here.

TEXAS – Padre Island National SeashoreTake the whole family to Malaquite Beach and learn how to build a magnificent sand castle from a professional sand sculptor. For more information click here.

WASHINGTON – Mount Rainier National ParkLend a helping hand and have fun at the same time! Last season, the Comet Falls Trail became so washed-out that the park was forced to close the trail for the majority of the summer. Come out and help restore and improve the Comet Falls Trail! Free camping is available for weekend volunteers. For more information click here.

For more national park inspiration download a free copy of the newly released “The Places Nobody Knows,” the third special edition in NPF’s Owner’s Guide series.