Mommy Blog Expert: How to Take Your Kids & Family to National Parks FREE & Find Deals and Discounts on Hotels Nearby

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How to Take Your Kids & Family to National Parks FREE & Find Deals and Discounts on Hotels Nearby

Family Travel

I grew up on family road trips to national parks and my hubbie and I are also raising our own kids to appreciate all that they offer. So, I'm particularly excited to be sharing this post with you. America's Best Idea - our national parks - gets even better with a generous number of fee-free days throughout the year at more than 100 participating national parks -- the Grand Canyon for example -- that usually charge entrance fees. However, note that other fees such as reservations, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are typically not included with these free days. I'm so happy to let you know that the last Free National Park dates in 2011 are coming up this Friday - Sunday, November 11-13, Veteran's Day Weekend. What's even better? Some of America's national parks are even free 365 days a year, so you'll definitely want to check the details on the website.

Me at Saguaro National Monument, Tucson, AZ
1968 Vintage photo by my Daddy,

2012 NPS Fee-Free Calendar 

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, Veteran's Weekend

Save on Accomodations Near Parks Too
Here's another great resource for discounts and saving money on hotels in or close to various National Parks. 

What parks have you been to with your kids and which are your favorites and why? Please leave a comment and share.

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