Last Chance For National Park Summer Fun!

September 1, 2015Blair GuildNPF Blog

It’s hard to believe that the last dog days of summer are here but alas, September has arrived. The days are getting shorter, kids are heading back to school, and the nights are cooling off.

Luckily, there’s one last final summer blow out to be had — Labor Day weekend! And what better way to spend the last long weekend of summer than in America’s best playgrounds? With more than 400 national parks and hundreds of activities to choose from, there is something for everyone.

If you are looking for that last summer adventure, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best ways to take advantage of this Labor Day weekend, national-park style:

  • Catch a wave while windsurfing along the coast of Cape Hatteras National Seashore (North Carolina)! Long, stretches of coastline, good waves, and steady breezes make this area perfect for hanging ten. Want more water activities in parks? Check out these other refreshing ways to beat the heat!

Coast of Cape Hatteras National Seashore at dusk
  • Summer flew by, just like the feathered friends you’ll find in Everglades National Park (Florida). This national park is home to over 45 species of birds and several birding paths, including the Anhinga Trail. But the skies aren’t just for the birds — this fall, attend a star party and revel in the stars above you.

Heron in the Everglades surrounded by water and tree trunks

 Hiker atop mountain at Grand Teton National Park
  • Take the weekend to camp out in an iconic national park — Zion National Park (Utah). With three campgrounds to choose from, you can fully immerse yourself in the park’s natural beauty. Camping may be a classic national park pastime, but these are some of the most unforgettable activities.

Tent and picnic table at Zion campsite

Looking for more ideas?  Here are 99 ways to find your park any time of year. Challenge yourself to try something new!

Don’t let your Labor Day memories fade away with the summer season — capture them and share them with us online! Show us how you are spending the long weekend by sharing your photos with us on our Facebook page or by tagging us (@GoParks) on TwitterInstagram, and Tumblr, and be sure to use the hashtag #FindYourPark and #EncuentraTuParque! 

Photo credits: National Park Service


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