Refreshing Ways To Beat The Heat In America's National Parks

Rocío Lower—Summer finally arrived, bringing with it soaring temperatures and a stifling grip on the forecast. But it also means the kids are out of school, vacation requests are being put in, and the longer days can be filled with exciting ventures in national parks!

Some of this nation's best playgrounds are preserved within the National Park System, including scenic rivers, vast lakes, and spectacular coastal waters. With copious options across the country, why not beat the heat in a national park?

Here are just a few refreshing ideas on how you can create unforgettable memories this summer. 

As you get into national parks and take on any number of these cooling activities, be sure to capture the memory, snap a photo, and share it with us online – we love to see how you get out there and find your park! Post your pics on our Facebook page or tag us (@GoParks) onTwitterInstagram, and Tumblr and be sure to use the hashtag #FindYourPark or #EncuentraTuParque! 

(Photo Credit: National Park Foundation's Share the Experience photo contest/ Elvin Reed)

Take a relaxing stroll along the beach and trails of Cape Cod National Seashore (Massachusetts). With 44,600 acres to explore, you're bound to enjoy the variety of animal and plant life that thrive in the different ecosystems protected within the park.

(Photo Credit: National Park Foundation's Share the Experience photo contest/ Robert Sappington)

Plunge into the deepest lake in the U.S. at Crater Lake National Park (Oregon). After a steep and strenuous 1.1-mile hike along Cleetwood Cove Trail, your efforts will be rewarded with a swim in the cool piercing-blue waters of the 1,943-feet deep lake.

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