Free Admission to National Parks on Public Lands Day September 29!

Get back to nature on a national scale and visit a National Park for FREE on Saturday, Sept. 29. All 397 National Parks and all other national public lands are admission-free for National Public Lands Day. The fee-free day for national parks, forests, trails, monuments and other public lands falls on the same day as the Smithsonian Museum Day, when hundreds of U.S. museums are also admission free.

National Environmental Education Foundation

The day is designed to encourage people to volunteer to help clean-up and restore the natural beauty of these lands. If you love the outdoors, consider signing up or just show up for one of the volunteer projects at dozens of public lands sites on Saturday. Spend the morning volunteering to restore our national natural treasures, then spend the afternoon just enjoying and exploring them.

If you love visiting national parks consider buying the $80 annual pass that gives you entrance to all 2,000 national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests and other Federal public lands. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is free for all active duty military members and their dependents.

Free Admission at all National Parks Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Jan. 14 – 16

You don’t have to pay to enjoy nature this upcoming weekend, as 100 of the 396 National Parks that charge admission are free to all, in part to celebrate the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The fee waiver January 14 to January 16, 2012 includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees but not camping reservations or fees to third parties.

These are the first fee-free days in 2012. Mark your calendar for other national park fee-free days in 2012:

*April 21-29
(National Park Week)

*June 9
(Get Outdoors Day)

*September 29
(National Public Lands Day)

*November 10-12
(Veterans Day weekend)

Consider combining the free admission with discounts and special offers from park partners and neighboring businesses:

National Park Hospitality Association
National Parks Promotions Council

Target Sponsors Free Museum Admission and Family-Friendly Arts & Cultural Events

Looking for free museum admission for the whole family? Target stores sponsors family-friendly free or reduced-priced admission days and arts & culture events across the country.

These free and frugal fun opportunities are available in 34 major cities. For example, the unbelievably modern and cool New Children’s Museum in San Diego is free the second Sunday of every month. You save $10 admission per person; that admission price is for each adult and each child.

So by going to the museum on the Target-sponsored second Sunday, a parent and child save $20; a savings of $40 for a family of four. And the New Children’s Museum stays open an additional two hours on second Sundays.!

How do you find out what free or frugal family fun Target sponsors in your area? Click on this link and select a city. It’s that simple!

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National Parks are Free Veterans Day Weekend Nov. 11 – 13

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You don’t have to pay to enjoy nature this Veterans Day Weekend, as 100 of the 396 National Parks that charge admission are free to all. The fee waiver November 11 to November 13 includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees but not camping reservations or fees to third parties.

These are the last fee-free days in 2011. Mark your calendar for the upcoming fee-free days in 2012:

*January 14-16
(Martin Luther King Jr. weekend)

*April 21-29
(National Park Week)

*June 9
(Get Outdoors Day)

*September 29
(National Public Lands Day)

*November 10-12
(Veterans Day weekend)

Consider combining the free admission with discounts and special offers from park partners and neighboring businesses:

National Park Hospitality Association
National Parks Promotions Council

Admission to National Parks & Public Lands Free on Saturday Sept. 24

Admission to National Parks & Public Lands Free on Saturday Sept. 24

September 20, 2011 |  by  |  Family-friendly, Free Admission  |  No Comments

Get back to nature on a national scale and visit a National Park for FREE on Saturday, Sept. 24. All 392 National Parks and all other national public lands are admission-free for National Public Lands Day. The fee-free day for national parks, forests, trails, monuments and other public lands falls on the same day as the Smithsonian Museum Day, when hundreds of U.S. museums are also admission free.

National Environmental Education Foundation

If you love the outdoors, consider signing up or just show up for one of the volunteer projects at dozen of public lands sites on Saturday. Spend the morning helping clean up and restore our national natural treasures, then spend the afternoon just enjoying and exploring them.

National Parks are Free MLK Day Weekend Jan. 15 – Jan. 17

Visit Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthplace in Atlanta, GA for Free

National Parks are Free MLK Day Weekend Jan. 15 – Jan. 17

The 394 U.S. national parks will all be admission FREE during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, Saturday, Jan. 15 – Monday, Jan. 17. The MLK Day weekend is the kick-off for a series of 17 fee-free dates for the National Park Service.

Take the free admission 3-day weekend to explore the history of Dr. King at national parks such as Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Georgia, the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama, or the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

“Several parks will also honor Dr. King by hosting volunteer projects for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 17,” according to NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis. “It is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a day on, not a day off.”

The other 2011 fee-free dates are National Park Week (April 16-24), the first day of summer (June 21), National Public Lands Day (September 24), and the weekend of Veterans Day (November 11-13).

Many national park concessions will also offer discounts on fee-free days, saving visitors money on food, lodging, tours, and souvenirs.

Free Days at the Columbus Zoo!

It’s a financial jungle out there but luckily the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium is giving all visitors free admission on Martin Luther King Day, January 17 and Presidents Day, February 21.

Area schools are out on those Mondays, so make the most of the opportunity to see cold weather animals such as polar bears Aurora and Anana. The bears, who are new to the zoo this year, can be seen swimming year round in pool water maintained with geothermal energy at a comfortable 40-65 degrees.

Coming to Columbus on another day in January or February? Rejoice! The zoo is offering half-price admission on all other days during these two months. That means just $6.50  for general admission and $4 for children ages 2 through 9 and senior citizens 60 years and older.

There are more than 5,000 animals to see at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium so arrive early to see as much as you can. It’s open every day through February 10am to 4pm.

ZooLights at the National Zoo are FREE!

Admission to our country’s zoo, the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C., is always free but its nighttime display of ZooLights during the holidays isn’t — except this year! ZooLights are Free Dec. 3-5, Dec. 10-12, Dec. 17-23, Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 1 from 6-8:30 pm.

ZooLights features ZooThousands of environmentally-friendly lights illuminating life-sized animal silhouettes, dancing trees, building and walkways. Stroll through the Zoo after hours and see not only the dazzling light displays but the Zoo’s live animals.

Free Zoo Admission

Shake Paws with Panda Claws


Thaw your paws inside the animal houses while peeking in on nocturnal animals. The Small Mammal House, Great Ape House, Reptile Discover Center, Think Tank, and Kid’s Farm are open every night of ZooLights. Each week ZooLights highlights a different animal house with special animal activities and interpreters.

Plus visit the zoo’s two new train highlights: the Zoomagination Station (inside the Zoo’s Visitor Center and sponsored by Amtrak®), and the FedEx Panda Express train ride on the Great Meadow across from the Great Ape House. At Zoomagination Station, the Amtrak® Wildlife Train is on display inside the Asia Trail gift shop with an old-fashioned steam engine, Thomas the Train, and animal figurines. The FedEx Panda Express takes kid on a fun ride around the Great Meadow for just $2.

While in the Visitor Center, stop in the auditorium to see the yummy display of gingerbread lion habitat contest entries, sponsored by Starbucks. Make someone else’s holiday bright by supporting the Zoo’s canned food drive. The Zoo is filling an old hippo crate with canned goods to be delivered to D.C. Central Kitchen.

Get FREE Admission to Dozens of Zoos!

It’s really simple to get FREE admission to dozens of zoos outside of your local area zoo. Buy a zoo membership at your local Association of Zoos & Aquarium accredited zoo, which helps support the animals, and when you’re visiting grandma or friends in another area, visit their local zoo for free! Just check that your zoo participates in the association’s reciprocal program. If it does, flash your local zoo membership card at a participating zoo’s admission window, and you’re in for free!

Keep these tips in mind before you go:

Some participating zoos offer a 50 percent discount off admission instead of 100 percent.

Also some zoos are already free, and they may offer a discount on purchases at their gift shop.

As always, with any place you plan on visiting, be it zoo or museum, call ahead!

Free Admission to National Parks on Veterans Day

You don’t have to pay to enjoy nature this Veterans Day, as 100 of the 393 National Parks that charge admission are free to all. The fee waiver on November 11 includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees but not camping reservations or fees to third parties.

Many national park concessioners are offering special deals for the fee-free day as well.

More free days are planned for 2011:

* April 16-24, 2011
(National Park Week)
* September 24, 2011
(Public Lands Day)
* November 11, 2011
(Veterans Day)