Get into the Blue

Sanctuaries are our nation's underwater parks. They're protected for good reason: here, you'll find some of the best views and the most amazing wildlife in the country. These treasures make national marine sanctuaries some of the best places to have the adventure of a lifetime. Within their boundaries, you can surf, kayak, fish, dive, whale watch, and more.

In this section, experience the spectacular views that await you when you come play in your national marine sanctuaries. Learn how activities like recreational fishing and boating can help support stewardship of diverse marine communities, and how recreation supports thriving local economies.

If you can't make it to the water, never fear! Through partnerships with aquariums and other institutions, national marine sanctuaries come to you. In this section you'll find information about these exhibits so that you can get up close and personal with national marine sanctuaries without getting your feet wet.

Did you know you can also support sanctuaries from your kitchen? Local sustainable seafood from sanctuary communities is celebrated by chefs and diners alike. By focusing your seafood choices on invasive species like Indo-Pacific lionfish, you can bring the fish-to-table movement to your own kitchen while also supporting ocean health.

Image: Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary makes for an epic surf spot. Photo: Matt McIntosh/NOAA