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Fee-Free Days at National Parks - April 17-25

It is entrance Fee-Free Days at all 392 National Parks now through April 25, 2010.

Get out and enjoy a National Park near you this week.

National Park Service LogoThe U.S. National Park Service has 3 different periods set aside for the public to experience these wonderful parks for free this year with this week being National Park Week.

  • April 17-25, 2010
    (National Park Week)
  • September 25, 2010
    (Public Lands Day)
  • November 11, 2010
    (Veterans Day)

Normally, 146 of our nation's 392 national parks charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $25. The fee free waiver for National Park Week does not include other fees collected in advance or by contractors such as fees charged for camping, reservations and use of concessions.

Saturday, April 24, is National Junior Ranger Day. Children taking part in kid-friendly activities can earn a junior ranger patch. Click the above link to view the different National Parks offering the Junior Ranger Day.

You can also become a Webranger, the National Park Service's on-line Junior Ranger program. Participate in over 50 games while learning about the National Park Service. But with the parks being free this week and with such glorious weather, it is a perfect time to get outside and enjoy these national treasures.

Castillo de San MarcosSo come on out! National parks across the country are hosting events and volunteer projects on Earth Day,  April 22, and throughout the week.

In St. Augustine, the Castillo de San Marcos will be free. This is a wonderful fort that kids of all ages enjoy.


Barbara Jenness takes joy in assisting people in buying or selling their home or land in northeast Florida (St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra,  and Jacksonville). She is a community activist and leader serving as President of Friends of A1A 2008-2010, Past President of Scenic & Historic A1A in St. Johns County for over 10 years, and past vice-president of Vilano Beach Main Street (North Shores Improvement Association). She is a past president for WCR in St. Augustine and a member of South Ponte Vedra Civic Association, Porpoise Point, Serenata Beach Club, and Palencia. She founded and is a Past President of the St. Augustine Regional Council (StAR Council) to promote the St. Augustine area to individuals outside the region.

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Comment balloon 7 commentsBarbara Jenness • April 19 2010 06:28AM


This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of one of our nations greatest treasures!

Posted by William True, Sarasota Real Estate (True Sarasota Real Estate) over 9 years ago

I plan to take advantage of this and head out to a couple of local parks to take pictures and enjoy some quiet time.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing this information with us. I hope consumers will read this post.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 9 years ago

Good reminder to take advantage of the free entry. Seniors can also purchase lifetime passes at a very low cost.

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Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 9 years ago

It's great that more folks have access to the parks that might not have been able to afford them. I worry about the park's system, though.

Posted by Sam White, Integrated Marketing - Bryan College Station, over 9 years ago

Great information for those looking to explore the many parks we have here in St. Johns County! Thank you for sharing this.

Posted by Pamela Anastasia (Anastasia Marketing Consultants, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the reminder, Barbara!  It has  been awhile since I  visited the Castillo... Dale and I will have to bike over this week and "be a tourist"!  Hmmmm... and where to go to eat.....hmmm....

Posted by For Buyers Only Realty, Sharon Stevens & Dwight Cole (FOR BUYERS ONLY REALTY ) over 9 years ago