Now that the budget crisis has been resolved for this year, our national parks will continue to remain open. That’s great news as this week celebrates National Park Week at nearly 400 national parks across the nation. So get free admission to national parks this week.
Go hiking in Yosemite. Visit Old Faithful in Yellowstone. Enjoy the views at the Grand Canyon. Hike the Appalachian trail. Find out what prison was like with liberty just outside your window at Alcatraz. Pay respects to our Presidents at Mount Rushmore. Visit Lady Liberty at the Statue of Liberty. Or explore a number of historical monuments, war memorials, or some fun in the outdoors. Wherever you choose to visit, celebrate National Parks Week April 16 – 24 and enjoy free admission. And check out why we can thank John Muir for the US National Parks.
Want to volunteer and help out at a national park? April 16 is Volunteer Day where you can lend a helping hand to numerous projects at your favorite national park.
April 23 is Junior Ranger Day where kids who enjoy science, history, and art can get involved in programs that will interest them and get them active in their local national park. Check out what park are offering programs for your kids.
Free admission to national parks in 2011
National Park Week is the big kickoff to free admission days to national parks in 2011. However, if it’s still too cold or you aren’t able to visit this week, there are a number of other dates for free admission to national parks this year.
- June 21 (First day of summer)
- September 24 (Public Lands Day)
- November 11 – 13 (Veterans Day weekend)
While these dates are perfect for those who love budget travel, many of these weekends may draw lots of crowds. That’s great for our national parks. However, many national parks don’t charge admission on any days of the year!
So whether it’s National Parks Week, free admission day to national parks, or any other day of the year, get out and enjoy the outdoors, museums, and historic sites that this country has to offer.
What national parks are you visiting this year? What is your favorite national park? In honor of National Parks Week kicking off this weekend, share your favorite memory or photo!