National Parks, Seashores, and Monuments of the U.S. East Coast

Find out about the dozens of sites along the U.S. East Coast that you can access by boat.


Somes Sound at Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park.

There are dozens of national and state parks, seashores, monuments, and sites up and down the U.S. East Coast. The list below includes sites that are accessible by boat, although in some cases, such as Assateague Island National Seashore or Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the average cruising sailboat would not want to try the inlets that serve these sites, so do your navigation homework first.

In addition to the National Park Service website, another excellent website to locate and get more information on parks is the National Parks and Conservation Association. Click the locations on the map below to navigate to each park’s website, or view the list below. Plus, check out more photos from the parks that Wendy Mitman Clarke shares in her feature in our February issue!

Acadia National Park


Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
Boston National Historic Park (home of the U.S.S. Constitution)
Cape Cod National Seashore
New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park
Salem Maritime National Historic Site

New York (above):
Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park, NYC (this is where you can pick up the ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty from the Manhattan side of the the Hudson River)
Ellis Island
Fire Island National Seashore
Gateway National Recreation Area
Governors Island National Monument (right across the river from Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty)
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Hyde Park, NY (Hudson River)
Lower East Side Tenement Museum National Historic Site
Statue of Liberty National Monument
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, NYC

Cape Henlopen State Park (below)


Assateague Island National Seashore
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Baltimore Harbor
Fort Washington Park, Potomac River

Assateague Island National Seashore
Colonial National Historic Park: this includes Yorktown Battlefield, Cape Henry Memorial, Historic Jamestowne (all accessible from Yorktown, York River, Chesapeake Bay)
George Washington Birthplace National Monument, on the Potomac River just south of Colonial Beach
Jamestown National Historic Site, James River

North Carolina:
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Cape Lookout National Seashore (below)


South Carolina:
Fort Sumter National Monument, Charleston

Cumberland Island National Seashore (above)
Fort Frederica National Monument, St. Simons Island

Biscayne National Park
Cape Canaveral National Seashore
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, St. Augustine
Dry Tortugas National Park
Fort Caroline National Memorial and Timucuan Ecological and Historic National Preserve, Jacksonville
Fort Matanzas National Monument (above)
Gulf Islands National Seashore
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park