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The Mariners’ Park

Your visit to this beautiful urban oasis will bring a new adventure every time! 

Explore one of the nation’s largest privately owned and maintained parks, complete with stunning lake views and an array of recreation activities. The 550-acre Mariners’ Park is free and open to the public. It offers visitors a quiet and serene place to walk, hike or run amongst rolling woodlands on the award-winning five-mile Noland Trail, surrounding the 167-acre Mariners’ Lake.

Park Admission

The Mariners’ Park and Noland Trail
are FREE and open to the public.

Park Hours:

6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Closed Thanksgiving
and Christmas Day

If you need help

In the event of an incident,
call Mariners’ Security:
(757) 591-7777 or 911

Download a pdf version of the map here.

Emergency: (757) 591-7777 or 911

Non-emergency: (757) 591-7796

Lost and found:
If you need help (757) 591-7796 or visit the Security Office at the Business Entrance of the Museum. 

For your safety, please keep our Mariners’ Park rules and policies in mind during your visit. 

The following rules protect both the Lake and Park environments and help keep our pleasant, family atmosphere.

  • No motorcycles, bicycles, or trail bikes are allowed on the Noland Trail.
  • No fishing from shore or bridges allowed anywhere on park property.
  • For the comfort of all Park visitors and the protection of wildlife, dogs must be on leashes at all times. Please be sure to clean up after your pet.
  • The piloting of drones or UAV’s is prohibited on Museum premises.
  • Find trash cans throughout the Park for your convenience. 
  • For the safety of visitors and environmental reasons, fires of any kind are prohibited. 
  • Swimming and wading in the Lake are not allowed.
  • The use of any drugs, alcoholic beverages, littering, and open fires are prohibited.
  • Visitors are expected to observe all applicable Museum, city, state, and federal rules, regulations, and laws.
  • Weapons are not permitted.
  • “Leave No Trace” is an important principle we follow in Mariners’ Park. As the saying goes, take only pictures, leave only footprints. Please dispose of your trash in one of the many receptacles located throughout the Park. Do not attempt to feed wildlife, and please leave plants, rocks, and other interesting objects where you found them for everyone to enjoy.

Porta Potties are located:

  • At the back of the parking lot adjacent to the entrance to the Noland Trail
  • In the Harvey Field parking lot
  • In Williams Field, near the outdoor pavilion
Back of man walking a dog on the Noland Trail.

The Noland Trail

This five-mile shoreline loop offers a variety of route options to accommodate varying abilities while providing breathtaking views of Mariners’ Lake and native wildlife. The Noland Trail boasts 14 wooden bridges, picnic areas, benches, and mile markers. 

Mariners' Lake

The Mariners’ Lake

The Mariners’ Lake is a stunning 167-acre freshwater lake best viewed from the Lions Bridge or one of four overlooks. As a habitat for wildlife and an essential asset for environmental education programming, The Mariners’ team is dedicated to maintaining the health of our Lake. 

Mother and child play in the Lil' Mariners' Play Zone.

For Kids

The Mariners’ Park offers a fun and welcoming outdoor experience for mariners of all ages. Children can become Junior Park Scientists, complete scavenger hunts, enjoy play areas, and more!

Lion statue

Along the Noland Trail, Mariners’ Lake waterfront, and in the forest of Mariners’ Park, there are many idyllic spots to view nature, spend time with friends and family, and enjoy your favorite activities!

The Mariners’ Park

The Mariners’ Park is an urban oasis where visitors can immerse themselves in the many wonders of the great outdoors. Our Park is also home to a vast and incredible Living Collection that encompasses more than 600 species of wildlife. Learn more about how our team is working to protect this amazing community resource.

Close-up view of a sandwich wrap offered in The Mariners' Cafe.


Mariners’ Café

Our locally owned and operated Café features a variety of foods and beverages to fuel your visit. Find hot coffee and a kid’s menu.

Mariners’ Shop

Find a treasure on your next visit! Explore a wide selection of toys, books, apparel, jewelry, souvenirs, and home decor in the gift shop.

The Mariners’ Museum

Visit The Mariners’ Museum for only $1 per person and discover your connection to the world’s waters!

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