I know, a whole lot of you just got back from traveling to the path of totality. But on August 25th, you can be wowed by the wonders of nature again by visiting a national park for free.
When was the last time you visited a national park? The National Park Service is celebrating its 101st birthday and you’re invited! Entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees will be waived on August 25th (things like camping, kayaking, tours, concession fees are not included).
What a great way to spend the last weekend of August/summer vacation! And around here, anyway, the weather looks absolutely beautiful and meant to be spent outside.
Other remaining fee free days this year are September 30th (National Public Lands Day) and November 11th & 12th (Veterans Day weekend).
In addition to the admission free days, the National Park Service offers free or nearly free admission options for:
- Senior citizens. If you are or know a nature loving senior, you’ve got extra incentive to make it to a national park tomorrow. The price on an annual pass for senior citizens will be raised from $10 to $80 on August 28th.
- Active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability. They can get free passes through the NPS website or in person at certain sites.
- Any fourth grader can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program.
According to new data, nearly half of all Americans over the age of six, or 48.8% of the US population, participated in outdoor recreation at least once in 2016.
Or, to put it another way, more than half did not.
You guys. Get outside!