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Get Into Your Sanctuary Day!

You're Invited!

As a travel destination, few places on the planet can compete with the diversity of the National Marine Sanctuary System, which protects America's most iconic natural and cultural marine resources. The majority of national marine sanctuaries' waters are open to compatible and sustainable recreational activities that generate considerable benefits for local economies.

This year NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is hosting its fifth National "Get into Your Sanctuary" celebration to raise awareness about the value of our national marine sanctuaries as iconic destinations for responsible recreation through a series of special activities. These events will begin over the long weekend of August 2-4, 2019 across the National Marine Sanctuary System - from sea to shining sea.

Whether you're already an avid outdoors person looking for a new adventure or maybe you've never been kayaking, fishing, or taken advantage of our amazing underwater parks. This weekend is for YOU!

In the weeks leading up to these events, join us on social media in highlighting the types of recreational activities that can be enjoyed by visitors, along with tips for practicing good Ocean Etiquette.

Photo Contest

Share your best snapshots of fun times in national marine sanctuaries.

Our photo contest Memorial Day (May 27) - Labor Day ( September 2) is a great opportunity to showcase our partner organizations that bring people to safely view wildlife and help visitors dive, surf, fish, snorkel, paddle, swim, photograph, and enjoy the sea breezes of our nation's most special Great Lakes and ocean places!

Tell us about your favorite national marine sanctuary using #ILoveMySanctuary!

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diver swimming near a shipwreck
a women kayaking near anacapa island
mother teaching her daughter to fish
man standing on a boat catching a fish
diver photographing the monitor shipwreck
woman sitting on the beach while people play in the water
diver swimming in a circle of fish
man on a standup paddleboard
two kids going into the water
divers going out into the sea
a group of kayakers posing for a photo
three kids on the beach with surfboards
a boat of people watching a whale feeding