Visit a national park for free this weekend

Quincy, Massachusetts, USA

This saltbox style house was built in 1681. In 1735 our first vice president and second president, John Adams, was born here. 

The home is now part of the Adams National Historic Park.
This saltbox style house was built in 1681. In 1735, our first vice president and second president, John Adams, was born here. The home is now part of the Adams National Historic Park. –Adams National Historical Park

If you’ve been meaning to explore a national park, this weekend is an excellent time to do so. The National Park Service is waiving all park fees nationwide as part of National Park Week.

There are more than 400 national parks in the United States, and many of them are free every day, but 118 national parks normally charge a fee, according to the National Park Service. In Massachusetts, two national parks do: Adams National Historical Park in Quincy and Cape Cod National Seashore in Wellfleet.

In fact, the National Park Service is waiving fees for 10 days over the course of this year. Four of the free park days have already taken place: on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, Presidents Day in February, and last weekend during the first National Park Week weekend. Here are the remaining dates in 2017 when all national parks are free:

  • National Park Week weekend (April 22 and 23)
  • National Park Service birthday (August 25)
  • National Public Lands Day (September 30)
  • Veterans Day weekend (November 11 and 12)
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Plot your next New England national park adventure by researching parks in ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsNew HampshireRhode Island, and Vermont, courtesy of the National Park Foundation.

Fourth-grade students, active duty military, and visitors with permanent disabilities can get free passes to national parks all the time.

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