Free Admission During National Park Week

Suzanne CollinsNot only will all 392 national parks have free admission during National
Park Week, April 17 to 25, but also during this annual celebration,
parks will feature family friendly activities and special offers on
tours, lodging, food and souvenirs.

Mammoth Cave National Park
will offer free Mammoth Passage cave tours throughout the week. The
tours follow a route along Houchins Narrows, the Rotunda, the nitre
mining artifacts, Audubon Avenue, and Rafinesque Hall—some of the
mammoth passages for which the cave was named. Also at Mammoth Cave,
April 17 is designated as Wildflower Day. Click here
for a full listing of scheduled activities, such as nature walks,
birding hikes, a family scavenger hunt, an art workshop, and other
ranger programs. Mammoth Cave Hotel will offer a 10 percent discount on
all regularly priced gift shop merchandise during National Park Week.

Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 18, 2010, a five-mile run, a
three-mile walk, and a one-mile youth fun run begin the celebration of
National Park Week at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Experience Living History at Colonial Days during National Park Week at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site,
SC. Celebrate National Park Week with two days of Lowcountry living
history. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site presents “Colonial
Days” from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 23 and
24, 2010. Watch craftsmen in period dress demonstrate rice-pounding,
indigo-dyeing, iron-smithing and brick masonry. Visitors can participate
in a game of historic cricket. Also included are Revolutionary War
soldiers, 18th century music, sweet-grass basket sewing, quilting,
African drumming, Gullah storytelling and dramatic presentations on
Eliza Lucas Pinckney and Charles Pinckney. All programs are free and the
park charges no admission.

In addition, many national park concessioners are offering special promotions.

For example:

Book your stay at Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging
between April 1st through April 16th and April 26th through April 30th
and you will receive your entry pass into Yosemite National Park. Or, if
you book your stay during National Park Week, April 17th through April
25th, when entrance to the park is free, we will credit your reservation
$20. Just mention code #4143010 when you call to reserve. Phone
reservations only to 209-962-7690. This offer good every day but not
applicable with other discounts or current reservations.

Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts is offering $5 coupons
good for shopping, dining, recreational activities and tours. In
recognition of Earth Day, an eco-friendly reusable bag will be given
away with purchase (using your $5 coupon) in the company’s retail
stores. The coupon is valid at any Delaware North Companies National
Park location. As an added bonus, when you download your coupon you will
automatically be entered for a chance to win 1 of 50 $100 gift
certificates good toward a stay at one of Delaware North Companies
locations! To download your coupon and enter the drawing, click here.
Coupons are valid only on the Fee Free Days and would have the
following restrictions: good toward retail, food and beverage,
recreation and tour purchases; minimum $25 purchase; not valid on
alcohol or tobacco; one coupon per person per purchase; not valid with
other discounts.

Kings Canyon Park Services will celebrate “Fee-Free National Park
Week” from April 17-25. The Grant Grove Gift Shop is giving a free
poster of Sequoia-Kings Canyon scenery and a 20-percent discount per
family on any meal in the Grant Grove Restaurant. Coupons, one per
family, may be obtained by downloading the coupon at www.kcanyon.com. For more information, call 866-522-6966.

A full listing of parks and National Park Week promotions is available at www.nps.gov/npweek.

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