Bring the Picnic Blanket: This Weekend, Last Call for Free Visits to National Parks

Visiting a national park is among one of the cheapest day-long recreational activities available, but this weekend it will be even higher up that list.  August 15-16 is the last of three summer weekends in which the National Park Service will be waiving entrance fees for over 100 national parks around the country.  Participating parks include Yosemite and Yellowstone as well as the Appomattox Court House in Virginia (visit the reconstructed McLean House, where General Robert E. Lee surrendered and ended the Civil War) and the Eleanor Roosevelt and the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Sites, both in New York.  Several concessioners inside the parks are also participating, offering discounts and free items to visitors.  With good weather and longer hours, the summer is a great season to visit a national park, and getting in for free can only make it better.

Visit the U.S. National Park Service website for a list of participating national parks, and click here for concessioner deals.