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Grand Teton National Park
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National parks offers low-cost family entertainment, but there is an even better deal in 2015: FREE. On nine days in 2015, the 133 national parks that charge an admission fee (out of 401 total parks) will waive their fees.

The 2015 entrance fee-free days are:

• January 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day


• February 14-16: Presidents Day weekend

• April 18 & 19: National Park Week’s opening weekend

• August 25: National Park Service’s 99th birthday

• September 26: National Public Lands Day

• November 11: Veterans Day

Note that these fee-free days are for admission only; camping, boat launches and tours may still charge a fee.

Members of the military, and their immediate family, are entitled to a free annual pass; US citizens with permanent disabilities are legible for a free lifetime pass.

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Mt Ranier National Park
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Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park are just two of the outstanding parks included in the free national parks offer.

There are actually 10 national parks in New York City, including Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. There are also parks in southern California – Joshua Tree; Hawaii – Haleakala National Park, and Texas – Big Bend. So do a little exploring and see the best of the country’s parks, for free.