Many of us take our beautiful National Parks for granted. This summer, nature lovers have no more excuses to miss out on America’s natural wonders.
The National Parks Service is offering free admission for guests on 10 different dates this year. Although many sites already have free admission, parks like the Grand Canyon and the Muir Woods will wave all fees for visitors. In total, 118 parks will wave all admission cost, allowing visitors to enjoy all the beauty and fun the parks have to offer.
This month, free admission is available at these selected sites on the National Park Service’s Birthday (Aug. 25), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 30) and Veterans Day weekend (Nov. 11-12).
Park entrance is always free for any active duty military and anyone with a permanent disability. Children in the fourth grade can also sign up for a Every Kid in a Park Pass for free admission.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are at least 61 can apply for a $10 lifetime pass for the parks until Aug. 28. After that, the price will rise to $80. Everyone else can apply for an $80 membership which will allow access to 2,000 federal recreational sites, according to National Park Services.
So, take advantage of this opportunity to see all the country has to offer. Plus, it’s a lot easier to relax and have a good time with your family when it doesn’t hit your pocketbook.
Check out our list of the best National Parks to visit with your family and experience something outside of your comfort zone.