National Park Week – Free Admission!

I am always looking for free activities for my family, and being outdoors is just a bonus (as long as the weather is nice!)  For people living in the United States, a great opportunity is coming your way.  In honor of National Park Week, admission is free at all 397 national parks, including the 100+ that usually charge admission fees.  (The rest are always free, all the time.)  National Park Week 2012 is running from next Saturday, 21 April, through 29 April.

From the website:

Plan your visit by what you want to do, or where you want to go …or you can browse our event calendar and check out the special programsoffered that week. April 21 is Volunteer Day, so if you want to roll up your sleeves  and pitch in with a project, look for a park where you can help out. On April 28, National Junior Ranger Day, parks will invite young visitors to “explore, learn, protect” and be sworn in as Junior Rangers.

A bunch of our park partners and concessioners are also providing discounts to make your visit even more enjoyable.

Also, don’t forget to check out There you can share your national park photos, videos, and tips. While you’re there, learn all about the ways you can help support your national parks all year round.

We hope you’ll picture yourself in a national park during National Park Week!

PS: If you can’t come in April, how about June 9? That’s the next day we waive entrance fees, this time to celebrate Get Outdoors Day.

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.