It’s National Park Week: Visit one for free!

April 21 to 29 is National Park Week, and your family can enjoy free admission to any national park this week. (There are 397 of them!)

Click here to find explore parks you would like to visit. Here’s a sample from the site.

Andersonville National Historic Site GA

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area GA

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park GA

Cumberland Island National Seashore GA

Fort Frederica National Monument GA

Fort Pulaski National Monument GA

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site GA

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park GA

Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site GA

Ocmulgee National Monument GA

Many of the schools are having CRCT this week which often means no homework so there might be time to squeeze in an afternoon visit. It would be fairly easy to make it to the Martin Luther King Center downtown or the Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield.

If you can’t make it out this week, there are a few other dates during the year where you can also enjoy free admission (Many parks are always free.):

  • January 14-16
    Martin Luther King Jr. weekend
  • April 21-29
    National Park Week
  • June 9
    Get Outdoors Day
  • September 29
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 10-12
    Veterans Day weekend”

5 comments Add your comment

Tad Jackson

April 23rd, 2012
12:41 pm


Ahead of us, with another park tour guide, were a group of modern soldiers … about twenty of them. Fit. Young. Alert and respectful, but dressed in casual civilian clothes. Clean shaven. They were soldiers from Fort Rucker in Alabama. Their presence there was oddly striking. I wonder what they were thinking.

Thirteen thousand soldiers died in that stockade … in that incomprehensible squalor and misery and spring and summer and fall heat. Later, in the National Cemetery a few hundred yards away, you gaze silently at their thirteen thousand headstones, packed tightly together. Row after row of small, marble headstones. This is a stunning site, too. The headstones glimmer in the bright January light. You instantly feel sad for people you don’t know. Our guide told us the dead were placed shoulder to shoulder … in trenches just three feet deep. Standing in any spot and turning and looking … it’s too much to comprehend. It was too much to comprehend then.


April 23rd, 2012
1:29 pm

I plan on visiting Six Flags over Ga National Park or Stone Mountain National Park.


April 23rd, 2012
3:12 pm

I’ve been waiting for this week. One of my families favorite things to do is hit national or state parks any time; it’s a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon, plus it’s educational, enjoyed by the whole family and gets the kids away from the TV, computer & video games (and even when it’s not free, it’s cheap!) The three year old (who is only in a preschool program from 8am-11am) and I are definitely going to hit the Chattahoochee River & probably Ocmulgee and after school one day I’m planning to take the 5 & 8 year old up to Kennesaw. We may even hit the road on Friday afternoon and go down to Cumberland Island. I know the kids would absolutely love that.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 23rd, 2012
5:29 pm

scotty — i love that!! we have been getting our national park pass the last two years and are hitting tons of parks out here. we’re looking at three major parks in California for a summer trip — not very expensive. trying to figure out if we could hack camping. Love your enthusiasm for national parks!! we agree!!


April 24th, 2012
11:35 am

Nothing against the National Park Foundation that does great work but was recently re-vamped and has tons of park specific information for all of the parks above. Check out the schedule of events pages on the parks’ website for the most current activities.