Friday, January 13, 2012

Participating National Parks offer free admission; dates

Participating National Parks are offering free admission this weekend. I don't think there is a better time to take the family exploring. My National Parks Passport Book filled with stamps that commemorate the place that we've been. Free weekends help make going to the parks a little more affordable.

Beryl Spring in Yellowstone NP by Gayle Crabtree 
Free admission periods in the National Parks include:

January - Martin Luther King weekend
April - National Park Week
June - Get Outdoors Day
September - National Public Lands Day
November - Veterans Weekend

A few national parks (such as Mt. Rushmore) charge a parking fee. This isn't included in the free admission dates.

However, the vast majority of parks do participate so there is little worry about running across one that does charge. Before you head out the door you can double check on one of the links below to be sure that your park is listed. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and others, don't have an admission fee. Fun and affordability are the top two reasons why I like visiting so many of our nation's natural treasures.

Like most holidays, the exact free admission dates will change slightly each year. The exact dates are listed on the website for the National Park Service.

You may also be interested in viewing these links:
Five National Parks for U.S. travel
Glacier National Park photo movie
Youve Been Reviewed photo movies and videos on You Tube

So tell me, what's your favorite park and why? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.