National Park Service Free Fee Days Announced for 2011

In an effort to get more people to visit one our nation’s greatest resources, our National Parks, Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior announced that the National Parks will have 17 different days with no admission fees.

“Many people have made resolutions to spend more quality time with loved ones and to get outdoors and unplug in 2011,” said Secretary Salazar. “There’s no better place than a national park to help keep those resolutions. Parks offer superb recreational opportunities, making them perfect places to enjoy our beautiful land, history, and culture, and nurture a healthy lifestyle.”

In these hard economic times and with a National Park close to nearly every American, Salazar noted that it would make vacations more affordable through out the year.

“In these tough economic times, our fee-free days will give families many opportunities to enjoy our nation’s heritage and natural beauty in meaningful and affordable ways,” he said.

The Dates of Free Admission will be:

  • The Weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. day (January 15-17)
  • National Park Week (April 16-24)
  • The First Day of Summer (June 21)
  • National Public Lands Day (September 24)
  • The Weekend of Veteran’s Day (November 11-13)

“Visitors can literally walk in Dr. King’s footsteps at national parks such as Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Georgia, Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama, or the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis. “They are just a few of the dozens of national parks which trace the history of African Americans.”

“Several parks will also honor Dr. King by hosting volunteer projects for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 17,” added Jarvis. “It is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a day on, not a day off.”

In addition to free admission, many of the National Parks will offer discounts on park concessions, food, lodging, tours and souvenirs.

For more information, visit http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

Source: National Park Service

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