You Can Visit the National Parks for Free Next Week

Celebrate the National Park Service's 100th birthday with a free visit.

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Take a day or two off of work next week and head to your nearest National Park… for free! Each year, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation hosts National Park Week with special events and activities. But this year, in honor of the National Park Service’s upcoming 100th birthday (on August 25), all visitors will get free admission during the special week, from April 16-24.

There will be plenty of fun activities for the whole family during National Park Week, including National Junior Ranger day, when kids can participate in programs to get a badge, and a National Park Instameet, when you can join other Instagram users at a certain gathering spot and take photos, using the hashtags #FindYourParkInstaMeet, #FindYourPark, #EncuentraTuParque, and #NPS100.

If you can’t make it next week, there will be plenty of other programs and free days throughout the year to celebrate the centennial. For more information on the weeklong program, or to plan out your visit, check here.