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National park 2015 free days

National Parks are free for seven special occasions in 2015:

Date Event Agency Participating
January 19, 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day National Park Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
US Forest Service
Feb. 14-16, 2015 Presidents Day Weekend National Park Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
April 18-19, 2015 National Park Week National Park Service
Aug. 25, 2015 National Park Service Birthday National Park Service
Sept. 26, 2015 National Public Lands Day National Park Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
US Forest Service
October date TBA National Wildlife Refuge Day Fish & Wildlife Service
Nov. 11, 2015 Veterans Day National Park Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
US Forest Service

Where to go? How about the Everglades, where admission is normally $10. Here are two of my favorite Everglades experiences:

  • Biking the Shark Valley bike trail off the Tamiami Trail.
  • Paddling one of the canoe trails.   I’ve paddled two I can personally recommend: Nine Mile Pond, a five mile loop through a vast shallow sawgrass marsh dotted with mangrove and tree islands, and Bear Lake Canoe Trail, a out-and-back paddle along a straight man-made historic waterway through thick mangroves. Both offer good wildlife viewing, including birds, gators and crocodiles.
Here’s a guide to visiting Everglades National Park, including mandatory stops for Key Lime Milk Shakes at Robert is Here.

 

Firing the cannons at St. Augustine fort

Volunteers  fire  the cannons at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St. Augustine.

Entrance "tunnel" to the Castle Windy Trail at Canaveral National Seashore

Entrance “tunnel” to the Castle Windy Trail at Canaveral National Seashore

Shark Valley bicycle trail by tiswango via Flickr

A bicyclest gets perhaps a little too close to a gator at the Shark Valley path in Everglades National Park.

Other National Parks in Florida :

There are never any entrance fees to these parks:

 

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