I posted about this last year and here is 2012 dates.  You can receive free entrance to any of the National Parks on the days listed below.  Maybe plan a family trip or visit around one of these dates.  LINK

Mark your calendar for these fee-free dates in 2012:
  • January 14-16
    Martin Luther King Jr. weekend
  • April 21-29
    National Park Week
  • June 9
    Get Outdoors Day
  • September 29
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 10-12
    Veterans Day weekend

Our family at the Grand Canyon – May 2011

After visiting the Grand Canyon, I now know why it is one of the Eighth Wonders of the World.  It is no hype.  It’s truly breathtaking and deserves all the raves it gets.  If you have never been, I’d for sure put it on the top 10 list of family vacations to do while your kids are still at home.  I know we will be back again when the kids are a bit older for some more adventures down in the canyon.


  1. Another tip for the National Parks is to encourage Grandma or Grandpa to get a Golden Age Passport. According to National Parks, "The Golden Age Passport for persons 62 and older is a lifetime entrance pass to most national parks, monuments, historic sites, recreation area, and national wildlife refuges that charge an entrance fee.The Golden Age Passport admits the pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private vehicle. Where entry is not by private vehicle, the passport admits the pass holder, spouse, and children.The Golden Age Passport also provides a 50% discount on federal use fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, parking, boat launching, and cave tours. Its does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or charged by concessioners."We have this pass and it's amazing. We've camped for a few dollars; gone to National Parks and Monuments with the grandkids for nothing, and shared our love of the outdoors and our country with them.

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