Discover Our Nation?s Parks!
Need a location for a fun and affordable summer family outing? Look no further than the beauty and history of a National Park!

Benefits.gov encourages families to get out and explore nature this summer in one of the 394 National Parks across the country and U.S. territories. Aside from an educational and scenic experience, a major benefit of planning this sort of outing is that many of the parks are low cost and most are even free.

The National Park Service, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior, is dedicated to maintaining our nation?s parks and creating a safe environment for all visitors. National Parks are not only preserved natural environments, like Yellowstone and the Everglades, but also historic sites and monuments, like Alcatraz and the St. Louis Arch. If you?re planning on traveling to one of these historic destinations, check out the resources offered by the National Park Service to help plan your trip. You can browse suggested itineraries and highlighted hot spots, such as lighthouses and archaeology museums.

Kids can also get active with the new Let?s Move Outside Junior Ranger program, celebrating First Lady Michelle Obama?s ?Let?s Move? initiative to end childhood obesity. This program offers many activities that the whole family can enjoy, including hiking, biking, swimming and horseback riding. By completing at least one physical activity, kids looking to earn their Junior Ranger Badge receive a sticker that designates them as a Let's Move Outside Junior Ranger. These activities promise to be fun, healthy and family-friendly, and many locations are easily accessible from urban areas.

To locate a park near you, use the Find a Park option on the National Park Service website. You can search by name, location, activity or topic.

There?s plenty to see, learn and enjoy at our nation?s parks, so take some time this summer to discover a National Park near you! If you?re interested in other ways to improve life for you and your family this summer, Benefits.gov encourages you to use our free and confidential Benefit Finder to find out which government assistance programs you may be eligible to receive.