This offer might be a fun day out for your family, whether traveling on a LL package or at home waiting for summer:
WASHINGTON - Entrance fees will be waived at all 392 national parks April 17-25 for National Park Week. Many parks have organized events, talks, volunteer clean-ups and other projects to encourage the public to visit that week. Details, including a "Find a Park" search option, are online at http://www.nps.gov/npweek .
Events include an invitation to help plant a demonstration garden at Cane River Creole National Historic Park in Louisiana, April 22; a recreation of Paul Revere's row across Boston Harbor to Charleston, Mass., April 18 beginning at 7 p.m. at Boston National Historic Park; as well as other hikes, wildlife programs and heritage celebrations around the country.
A number of parks have special events for kids scheduled for April 24, which is National Junior Ranger Day. Kids who participate in walks, litter pick-ups, and other activities can earn a junior ranger patch.
Some park areas and roads are still off-limits to the public this early in the season, and not all services and concessions are open. But a few hotels and other park concessionaires are offering special promotions in conjunction with National Park Week. Offers for coupons, merchandise discounts, freebies and two nights-for-one lodging deals, are listed at http://www.parkpartners.org/Special-...-for-2010.html ,
More than 100 national parks, including Yosemite, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Acadia and more are waiving admission fees on select days and weeks throughout the year. National Park Week runs from April 16 through 24, during which entrance fees are waived. There is also no entrance fee on the first day of summer (June 21), Public Lands Day (September 24) or during Veterans Day weekend (November 11 through 13). A full list of parks is available online.