Thursday, June 18, 2009

National Parks are FREE This Weekend 6/20 and 6/21

Posted in fun, Life, Pursuit of Happiness, useful information tagged , at 3:22 pm by Elaine Petrowski

Just in time to celebrate the summer solstice and the longest day of the year, and in an effort to provide an affordable getaway for families, the National Park Service is offering fee-free access to

See the wild ponies that roam Assateague Island for FREE this weekend.

See the wild ponies that roam Assateague Island for FREE this weekend.

parks across the nation,  from Hyde Park and Sagamore Hill in the New York area, to Assateague Island in Maryland, Valley Forge in Pennsylvania, Fort McHenry (of Star Spangled Banner fame) in Baltimore,  Big Bend in Texas, and Shenandoah, about 75 miles from DC. And even more than that:

“The entrance fees being waived at the 147 sites that usually charge for admission range from $3 to $25. The 244 other parks do not charge entrance fees. The waiver does not include other fees collected in advance or by contractors—such as fees charged for camping, reservations, tours and use of concessions.”

This is the first of three fee-free weekends this summer. The others are July 18-19 and August 15-16.

For full story click HERE.

Hey, who can complain about that?

Look for a park HERE.  If you drill down on this page, you can find specials that save even more money at some of the parks.

Do come back and comment if you go.

Let’s see… how long does it take to get to … and where did I put those watercolors?