Recreational activities like camping are good ways to bond with friends and family. You can make camping reservations and buy federal recreation passes and of course, know more about beach safety and closures.

Find A Recreational Area

To find extraordinary recreational actvities, you don’t have to travel far. The United States is filled with nationally and state-designated recreational areas with great significance in terms of nature, culture and history. These are protected and developed together with various activities for eveyone to enjoy.

To check on these activities, you can visit the It’s website which contains almost everything you need to know about trip planning, reservations and more for America’s parks, forests, monuments and other areas that are open for the public to see.

You can also check these out:

  1. America’s Byways

If you and your friends are planning for a roadtrip, ypu can find maps and information about the roads of America- archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities that have carefully been singled out for easier use.

  1. Marine Sanctuaries

Underwater is another world with its own beauty and varieties of life that everyone should explore. It also houses various cultural significances like shipwrecks, marine protected areas and great lakes. These often accommodate fishing, diving, surfing, swimming and kayaking.

  1. National Forests

There are national forests and grasslands with 150,000 miles of trails, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 439 wilderness areas and 122 wild rivers that adventure-seekers should check out.

  1. National Monuments

The US is known for national monuments established by America’s presidents which has reached for over 100. These archeological and historic sites are placed on public lands that you can locate by state.

  1. National Parks

For families who would want a more family-friendly recreation, there are more than 400 national parks. These are protected landscapes and historic areas that you can enjoy and immerse yourself into. You find a national park here and start planning.

  1. National Wildlife Refuges

Get into nature by hunting, fishing and observing the natural way of creatires in their natural habitat. You can stumble upon 220 species of mammals, 700 species of birds, 250 reptile and amphibian species. You can also swim with more than 1000 species of fish. Just put in your zip code and state and you can find yourself a wildlife refuge to put your curious mind more cranked up.

  1. State, Territorial and Tribal Wildlife Areas

You can click on this to look at a list of protected areas by state.

  1. State Parks

You don’t have to go far. Your state and all the other states of the country has its own system of parks that everyone can use for camping, activities and historic places. Find state parks near you here.

  1. State Tourism Offices

The state tourism offices are deigned to help every visitor with all their concerns- all information regarding upcoming festivals and events, museums and landmarks, must-try restaurants, cheap or splurge-worthy lodgings and more.

  1. Wilderness Areas

The wilderness areas are lands preserved by the country, protected in their natural condition for everyone to see and experience. There are wilderness areas that you can check and rules that every visitor must follow to protect it for the next visitors to come. Click here to find a wilderness area within your state.

  1. World Heritage Sites

Of course, visitors should not miss World Heritage Sites. These are areas of natural and cultural importance and by international treaty, these belong to all of the world’s people.

Federal Recreation Passes

Day Passes, Permits, Tours and Tickets

If you’re planning to experience these recreational facilities, visit and you can search by state, locate information on day use and picnic areas, tours, tickets, camping and lodging, permits and wilderness, and things to do.

America the Beautiful Pass

There are four types of America the Beautiful passes that you can try- Annual, Senior, Access (for people with a permanent disability), and Volunteer.

For US military members and their dependents, they are eligible for a free annual pass. These passes can give you free entrance passes into more than 2,000 federal recreation sites.

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Sites

The America the Beautiful Access and/or Senior Pass is honored by the TVA and USACE that individuals can use for entrance or camping discounts.

If you want to know more information about TVA and USACE fees, amenities and reservations, you can click on Tennessee Valley Authority Camping and Recreation Areas or U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Recreation Areas.

Free National Parks Passes for 4th-Graders and Their Families

There’s a program wherein every 4th-grader in the country can receive a family pass for one year’s free admission to all national parks, monuments, forests, wildlife refuges and waters- the Every Kid in a Park. This program is a part of the president’s initiative to get kids in the outdoors instead of spending time in front of computers, mobile devices and TV screens. This initiative also includes ways to make it easier for families and schools to plan trips and to help schools in need to pay for transportation costs.

Make Camping Reservations

You can also make camping reservations by using the website. This is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the Forest Service (FS), the National Park Service (NPS), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR).

Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Recreational Sites

For individuals who would want to visit recreational sites, you can contact a specific wildlife refuge to know more information about refuges which are open to the public. You should also check which ones may require a special permit.

State/Territorial Recreational Sites

You can also get information regarding state/territorial recreation activities by concepts using the state tourism office or the state fish and wildlife agency.

Beach Safety and Closures

The beach is always a fun place where families and friends can spend time. There are a lot of oceans and lakes across the United States that has various beach regulations. While having fun, it’s important to follow the tips below to keep you and your friends safe whether you’re trying to have a tan on the shore or swimming in the water.

Beach Safety

  • You can click here to get information on potential beach dangers like sharks, jellyfish and lightning and how to prepare for them.
  • For currents and ways to escape if you’re caught in it, click here.
  • You can check local water temperatures before taking a drive to the beach here.
  • Keep your skin safe from sunburn while having fun in the beach here.

Beach Closures

Beach closures can happen due to presence of human or animal waste presence during water testing. Sometimes beaches are closed to avoid potential health threats. This serves as a precaution until the beach is safe enough for people.

To learn about beach rules on a particular beach you want to visit, you can visit the Beach Advisory and Closing On-line Notification (BEACON) system. You can also contact your state or local beach program or the Natural Resources Defense Council.