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National Park Service Fee Free Days in 2017
The National Park Service will be combining some of America’s great scenery and history with great savings. The 32nd president of the United State Franklin D. Roosevelt once said “There is nothing so American as the National Parks”. The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, The Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site will be participating in the National Park Service Fee Free Days in 2017. Visit a national park for free on one of nine fee free days in 2017.
- February 20: Presidents Day
- April 15-16 & April 22-23: National Park Week Weekends
- August 25: National Park Service Birthday
- September 30: National Public Lands Day
- November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
During the fee free days, all National Park Service sites will waive their entrance fees for all visitors. The entrance fee waiver for the fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for things such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.
The National Park System includes more than 84 million acres and is comprised of 417 sites including national parks, national historical parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, national battlefields, and national seashores. There is at least one national park in every state. Last year, 307 million people visited a national park. They spent $16.9 billion which supported 295,000 jobs and had a $32 billion impact on the U.S. economy.
In addition to national parks, the National Park Service works with tribes, local governments, and partners across the country to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Programs such as the National Register of Historic Places, National Heritage Areas, National Wild and Scenic Rivers, and the Rivers, Trails, Conservation Assistance Program revitalize communities, .celebrate local heritage, and provide places for people to get outside, be active, and have fun. For more information go to www.nps.gov
To continue the national park adventure beyond these fee free days, the annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current military members, fourth grade students, and disabled citizens.