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A visit to National Parks and Museums can be a great day out for the whole family. However, with many parks charging entry fees, it can be somewhat expensive. Well, there are some ways to get into National Parks and Museums for a reduced rate or even for free. We recently reported that Seniors could get a lifetime pass to visit US National Parks, and even though the cost was increasing it would still prove very economical compared to one off entry fees. Also, Bank of America cardholders can also use their cards to gain free entry at participating museums across the nation. But apparently, visiting National Parks in 2017 just got easier since the National Parks Service have announced that they will be waiving entry fees on some dates in 2017.
Free Dates in 2017
During 2017, there are several days where entry fees will be waived at all US National Parks. The dates are as follows:
- January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- February 20: Presidents’ Day
- April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
- August 25: National Park Service Birthday
- September 30: National Public Lands Day
- November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
Bear in mind that even though the above applies to all parks the US, many of the parks have their own special free entry days. The easiest way to find these free days is to visit the National Parks Website.
2017 Free Entry in Canada
If you want to visit one of the Canadian National Parks, then 2017 is the year to do it. Since Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday in 2017, all entry fees are being waived across the whole country for the entire year. To benefit from this offer you need to sign up for the Discovery Pass on the parks’ website.
The Discovery Pass is completely free for the year. To make things even easier for prospective visitors, the parks authority will ship the pass to you anywhere in the world. To find out where you can use your pass, just head over to the parks’ website.
The Canadian Parks Authority have further confirmed that even if you don’t have a pass, they will still waive entry fees on site, and just issue you a pass on the day you visit.
2017 seems to be the year to get out and experience some of the natural wonders to be found in the National Parks in the US and Canada, so why not grab your hiking gear and get out there?
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