Families Can Explore The U.S. National Parks For Free April 16 to 24, 2016!


Looking to shave a bit of money off your budget while getting the chance to explore some of the best places in the United States? Next week is your week!  From April 16 to 24, 2016 – throughout National Park Week in 2016, every national park will give you free admission!

Zion Canyon with virgin river

“We have an amazing variety of special events taking place during the centennial,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “Some commemorate our first hundred years, but many others look to the future, to the next 100 years, and will help connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates. It is through them that America’s lands and stories will be preserved and passed on to future generations.”

“With free admission to parks all week long, National Park Week is the perfect opportunity to check out a new location, revisit one of your favorite parks, and perhaps invite a friend who has never visited a park before to join you,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. “It’s a great time to experience and celebrate our parks and historic places, and discover and share with each other how these treasured places are vital and relevant to people from all backgrounds from all over the country.”

The National Parks are also hosting the following special events as well!

  • April 16: National Junior Ranger Day
    Explore, Learn, Protect! Kids can take part in fun programs and earn a junior ranger badge or become a Centennial Junior Ranger.
  • April 22: Earth Day
    On Earth Day, if you want to roll up your sleeves and pitch in with a project, look for a park where you can help out.
  • April 23: National Park Instameet
    Join an InstaMeet in a park. Gather in a designated place at a specific time to take photos and short videos to post on Instagram (and other social media) with the same hashtag: #FindYourParkInstaMeet, #FindYourPark, #EncuentraTuParque, #NPS100
  • April 24: Park Rx Day
    On Park Rx Day, parks will host fun recreational activities that encourage healthy lifestyles and promote physical and mental well being.

Not sure which park to hit?

This Top 10 list National Geographic put together is a good start!

  1.  Great Smoky Mountains
  2. Grand Canyon
  3. Rocky Mountain
  4. Yosemite
  5. Yellowstone
  6. Zion
  7. Olympic
  8. Grand Teton
  9. Acadia
  10. Glacier

We’re also very fond of Watkins Glen in New York State!

Watkins Glen State Park