National Park Week offers free entry to all national parks April 20


Visitors at the Lower Yosemite Falls in the Yosemite National Park in California on June 3, 2015. It is one of America’s most popular natural wonders. But even Yosemite National Park cannot escape the drought ravaging California, now in its fourth year and fueling growing concern. At first glance the spectacular beauty of the park with its soaring cliffs and picture-postcard valley floor remains unblemished, still enchanting the millions of tourists who flock the landmark every year. But on closer inspection, the drought’s effects are clearly visible. (Photo credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON D.C. — All national parks across the United States will be free to enter Saturday in celebration of National Park Week.

According to the National Park Service, National Park Week 2019 is April 20 – 28.

National Park Week is “a time to explore amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, help out, and find your park!” the NPS said online.

Each April, during the presidentially-proclaimed National Park Week, every NPS site that usually charges an entrance fee will offer free admission to all visitors on Saturday to kick off the week of festivities.

This year free admission will be offered on Saturday, April 20.  This includes free admission popular park destinations such as Yosemite, Muir Woods and Joshua Tree that usually charge fees.

There are also special events during the week to highlight different ways citizens can enjoy their national parks.

The National Park Service manages 419 individual units or parks covering more than 85 million acres in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and US territories. 8 of these units are in Ohio.

Ohio’s national parks/units include:

  • Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
  • First Ladies National Historic Site
  • Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
  • James A. Garfield National Historic Site
  • Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial
  • William Howard Taft National Historic Site

NPS will also be hosting three more free National Park Days in 2019 held on August 25, September 28 and November 11.

Click here to learn more about National Park Week or learn more about events at specific parks.

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