National Park Service offers free entry for a week

National Park Service offers free entry for a week

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Across the country, more than 120 of the National Parks usually charge an admission fee, but beginning this Saturday guests can visit them for free.

The National Park Service and National Park Foundation "invite people everywhere to enjoy, explore and experience" the parks through April 24 without having to pay.

In Virginia, there are eight parks that usually have an admission fee that will be waived:

  • Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
  • Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Colonial National Historical Park
  • George Washington Memorial Parkway's Great Falls Park
  • Manassas National Battlefield Park
  • Petersburg National Battlefield
  • Prince William Forest Park
  • Shenandoah National Park

"With free admission to parks all week long, National Park Week is the perfect opportunity to check out a new location, revisit one of your favorite parks, and perhaps invite a friend who has never visited a park before to join you," said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, in a press release.

The National Park Service is also celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and will have free admission to parks Aug. 25-28. Visit the National Park Service's website for more information.

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