National Parks waiving entry fees on select weekends this summer

National Parks nationwide are waiving entry fees on three weekends this summer, and officials hope everyone will take advantage of the deal to visit a park.

Fees at the 147 parks nationwide that charge for entry will be waived June 20-21, July 18-19 and Aug. 15-16. In addition, partner companies – including tour operators, hotels, restaurants and gift shops – will offer discounts and promotions on those weekends.

“During these tough economic times, our national parks provide opportunities for affordable vacations for families,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said at a press conference at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. “I encourage everyone to visit one of our nation’s crown jewels this summer and especially to take advantage of the three free-admission weekends.”

Entrance fees typically range from $3 to $25. An additional 244 National Parks do not charge entry fees.

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