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Visit National Parks For Free on These Days in 2017 – Where To Go In NY

Bill Nye, Questlove, Jewell at the National Park Foundation's Find Your Park Event, Celebrating for National Park Service Centennial
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We have some amazing National Parks in this country and some of them are free to explore all year long. However, there are some pretty cool sites that do include a fee to enter the park. If the price has been holding you back on some these sites there is now a solution. For ten days in 2017 the National Parks will drop their admission fees making all parks open for anybody. Your first chance to take advantage happens soon!

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2017:

  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 20: Presidents’ Day
  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

Now when you think National Parks you might now be able to think of any around WNY. But we do have some in the state that might make a could road trip.

National Park Sites in New York State

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
The Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS
4097 Albany Post Rd
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Home Of Franklin D Roosevelt
The Roosevelt-Vanderbilt NHS
4097 Albany Post Rd
Hyde Park NY 12538

Martin Van Buren NHS
1013 Old Post Road

Kinderhook, NY 12106-3605

Sagamore Hill “The Summer White House” of Theodore Roosevelt
20 Sagamore Hill Road
Oyster Bay, NY 11771

Saratoga National Historical Park
648 Route 32
Stillwater, NY 12170

Vanderbilt Mansion
4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538

If you are looking to plan a trip around these dates or want to see the parks all over the country that will participate in Free Entrance Days, check out the sites HERE.

It is important to note this from their website:

“The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.”

You also may be eligible for free yearly passes, visit America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass page to see if you qualify!

The National Park Service just celebrated their 100th anniversary! Help them celebrate and bring in their next century by visiting a park!



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