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Contact: Cyndy Holda, 252-473-2111 ext. 148
America’s Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better this summer….three “fee-free” weekends! The National Park Service will offer three “fee-free” weekends this summer to encourage Americans seeking affordable vacations to visit their national treasures. On Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21, 2009 entrance fees for Wright Brothers National Memorial will be waived for park visitors. The remaining two “fee-free” weekends will take place on July 18-19 and August 15-16. The 147 National Park Service sites across the country that charge entrance fees will waive those fees during these weekends.
“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, build a sense of ownership and stewardship toward parks and the environment, and to learn more about our great country.” The staff of Wright Brothers National Memorial, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Cape Hatteras National Seashore encourages everyone to visit one of our nation’s premier parks this summer, including the parks in your own backyard. June 21st is Father’s Day. Bring your dad, family and friends to Wright Brothers to relax and learn more about this great nation’s aviation history. Additional information can be found on line at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
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 under this program. Entrance fees are not charged at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site or Cape Hatteras National Seashore.