Monopoly: National Parks Edition Review (USAopoly)

What It Is

Travel to the United States' National Parks with Monopoly: National Parks Edition. This themed version of the classic board game plays like the original version but with some new custom rules.

The object of the game is to be the only player left in the game after everyone else has gone bankrupt. To do this, buy properties and charge other players rent for landing on them. Collect groups of properties to increase the rent, then build camp sites and ranger stations (instead of houses and hotels) to boost your income. Players take turns rolling the dice and moving their token clockwise around the board the number of spaces shown on the dice. Follow the directions on whatever space you land. Like in regular Monopoly, you might have to pay another player rent, have the opportunity to purchase a space, go to jail, or collect $200 for passing Go.

But each space on the board represents a different National Park, including Yellowstone, Mount Rainier, and Death Valley.

The Battlefield Parks and Historic Sites spaces prompt players to take the top card from the appropriate card pile and follow the instructions on the card. You might get out of jail free for volunteering at the Elkhorn Tavern in Pea Ridge National Military Park. Or you might need to pay money to other players for repairs at the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park.

River rafting, nature hiking, rock climbing, and bicycling replace the traditional railroad spaces.

The six playing pieces are in the shape of a ranger hat, tent, canoe, bison, hiking boot, and camera.

The game comes with six collectible tokens, a game board, 28 Title Deed cards, 16 Historic Sites cards, 16 Battlefield Parks cards, two dice, 32 camp sites, 12 ranger stations, one pack of National Parks money, and rules. Monopoly: National Parks Edition is for two to six players.

Is It Fun?

If you've played original Monopoly before, the National Parks version will be familiar to you. We like the special National Parks rules and playing pieces as a way to make this game a nice collector's version for history buffs and National Parks fans. This game is also a fun way to introduce kids to our nation's parks and historic sites.

Who It’s For

Monopoly: National Parks Edition is for ages 8 and up.

What To Be Aware Of

If you are already an experienced Monopoly player and want a faster game, the instructions come with rules for a Speed Play version of the game that will take between 60-90 minutes.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy