• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Entrance Fees Waived During National Park Week

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Date: April 12, 2011
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

Entrance Fees Waived During National Park Week

April 16–24, 2011 at Wright Brothers National Memorial

National Park Week, a program of the National Park Service, is an opportunity for families and communities to get outside and be active. The connection between public lands and public health is the focus of this year's National Park Week, April 16-24th. The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees so visitors can enjoy all 394 national park sites for free during this week.

National Park Week highlights include the 5th annual Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 23th. More details are available at www.nps.gov/npweek.

"Our national park system continues to provide opportunities for affordable family vacations close to home," said Superintendent Mike Murray. "National parks are places for everyone to have fun, reconnect with nature, and learn more about our country's history." The staff of the Outer Banks Group invites the public to visit the local national parks in celebration of National Park Week.  Bring your family and friends to Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Cape Hatteras National Seashore or Wright Brothers to enjoy the outdoors, hike a trail or attend a ranger program.

While entrance fees for passengers in both private and commercial vehicles will be waived, recreation "user fees" such as permit fees, camping fees and lighthouse tour fees are not waived. Entrance fees are not charged at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site or Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Additional fee-free days scheduled for 2011 are June 21 (the first day of summer), September 21 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11-13 (Veterans Day Weekend).

For information on visiting the Outer Banks Group parks, please visit the park's websites at www.nps.gov/wrbr, www.nps.gov/caha, and www.nps.gov/fora, or by calling 252-473-2111.

Did You Know?

Seasparkle, a tiny dinoflagellate that can be seen glowing in the surfline at night.

The beaches along Cape Hatteras National Seashore sparkle at night. When you kick the sand, you disturb tiny dinoflagellates like seasparkle, magnified in the picture to the left. A chemical reaction causes them to glow with a blue-green light.