Experience America’s Best Idea this Summer – New Web Feature: Great National Park Getaways

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Park visitor and best friend explore the creek at Prince William Forest Park (Sue Waldron/NPS Photo)WASHINGTON – “Mom, Dad, I’m bored!” So goes the dreaded refrain of a kid with a case of the summer squirmies. No worries – national parks can shake the squirmies.

A new web feature, www.nps.gov/getaways, launching today, will highlight one, of the almost 400 national parks, every week this summer to help families find places to run off that extra energy or just relax and enjoy some fresh air. Of course, national parks are also great places to learn and keep the brain energized over the summer too (but don’t tell the kids!).

The first park in the series is Prince William Forest Park (www.nps.gov/prwi) in Triangle, Virginia. Just a stone’s throw outside of Washington, DC, this gem is full of history and hiking trails, wildlife and solitude. Visit this weekend and pay no entrance fee. The park is planning special kids crafts, tours, talks, and hikes to celebrate!

This weekend, June 20-21, is also the first of three weekends that the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees nationwide. And it’s Father’s Day, so grab a dad, and friends and family, to make some memories. There will be no entrance fees, commercial tour fees or transportation entrance fees at national parks this weekend, July 18-19 and August 15-16. Park partners, including tour operators and vendors, are joining in, too, by offering special discounts and promotions.

For more information on fee free weekends visit: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm

To plan your national park adventure visit: www.nps.gov