National marine sanctuaries are living museums of America’s rich maritime history - stories of exploration, immigration, and creation of coastal communities. Sanctuary waters protect and preserve countless shipwrecks and even naval battlefields!
Throughout the National Marine Sanctuary System you have the opportunity to explore, discover, and appreciate historic, cultural, and archeological sites and stories that represent the connection between humans and our Great Lakes and ocean areas.
Whether you’re a water sports pro, learning the ropes from a local expert, or looking to explore from the comfort of your home there are many ways you can experience these underwater relics first hand!
Check out more information about responsible diving and snorkeling on wreck sites within the sanctuaries here.