Celebrating Our Parks
Exciting things are happening in our parks as the organization celebrates its 100th year.
Now is the time to cross a few destinations off your bucket list by celebrating the National Park Service’s centennial. From free admission to special souvenirs, this might be the perfect year to visit some of our nation’s beautiful treasures. With more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day, there’s an opportunity to experience history and nature in every state.
Check out these designated fee free dates when your entrance, commercial tour and transportation entrance fees will be waived in 2016.
Along with these specific free days, the National Parks Service has also launched the Every Kid in a Park initiative. This program provides free admission to every fourth grader and his or her family (see restrictions). If you’re a fourth grade teacher, you can also print out passes for every student in your class. This is an ongoing program with each new fourth grade class becoming eligible. The goal is to eventually provide this opportunity for as many kids as possible to explore the parks and get closer to nature.
As an ode to the parks, and celebrations, we definitely plan to take a trip to a park this year. Not sure which park to check out? TIME has highlighted the top 10 most visited national parks in 2015, and these are great places to start:
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Yosemite National Park
- Yellowstone National Park
Want to stay a little closer to home? Check out findyourpark.com to search for a park near you. You’ll also want to check out National Geographic’s 9 Tips to Remember When Traveling to U.S. National Parks which include knowing when to go, going with a mission in mind, bringing the best gear and more.
If you want to remember your trip to the park, or the centennial milestone, there are many fun keepsakes available for purchase. The National Park Service Commemorative Coin Program is one cool souvenir we’re loving and stamps will also soon become available! We also love this cool National Parks Explorer Map for you to keep track of all of the parks you visit.
What’s your favorite National Park? Share with us and other Fast Park guests on our Facebook page!