The week of April 22-26, 2013 is National Parks Week, and as always, entry to all U.S. National Parks and other historic sites operated by the National Park Service is FREE for the week. Take advantage by visiting the National Parks in New York City and nearby, including the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace at 28 East 30th St., Grants Tomb, Gateway National Park in Brooklyn and Queens, and the Vanderbilt Mansion Historical Site in Hyde Park, in the Hudson Valley. And, of course, national parks a bit further away, including Yellowstone and Yosemite
- Remember, the Statue of Liberty is closed through July 4th, and Ellis Island is closed until further notice, because of the damage caused by Hurriacne Sandy, also called Supestorm Sandy, last October
Click here for the entire list of fee-free national parks. The U.S. National Park Service operates millions of acres of picture-postcard views and educational experiences in hundreds of national parks, historic sites, and heritage areas. An annual pass for a carload is $80, or $10 for a lifetime pass for seniors. There are additional fee-free national park days and weekends in 2013 after National Parks Week –
- August 25 – National Park Service Birthday
- September 28 – -National Public Lands Day
- November 9-11 – Veterans Day weekend
This is less than in 2012. Blame sequestration.
June 9 (Get Outdoors Day), September 29 (National Public Lands Day), and November 10 to 12 (Veterans Day weekend). Many park-related hotels, restaurants, gift shops, and tour operators offer special discounts on fee-free days, too.