National parks will be open for free this weekend (April 19-20) in honor of National Park Week.
The days are among the nine fee-free days the National Park Service has on the calendar in 2014. On the dates, all 401 national parks will offer free admission, though only 133 usually charge admission, according to the National Park Service (NPS).
“National Park Week is a great time to discover the diverse wildlife, iconic landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history found in our national parks,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said in a statement. “Every park offers a different experience so I invite everyone to join the celebration and get to know a park. And, to get the party started, all national parks will have free admission on April 19 and 20.”
Additional upcoming dates in 2014 with no admission are:
- Aug. 25 for National Park Service’s 98th birthday
- Sept. 27 for National Public Lands Day
- Nov. 11 for Veterans Day
While entrance, commercial tour and transportation entrance fees are waived on the free days, some fees — such as those collected by third parties — will not be waived.
“Our National Park System has something for everyone and we invite people everywhere to join us and go wild for the history, nature, beauty, fun, and culture in our national parks,” Neil Mulholland, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation, said in a statement. “We are proud to support the work of our partners at the National Park Service and to present this annual celebration that highlights all that our national parks have to offer.”