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Josh Ocampo Josh Ocampo Nov 09, 2019 at 01:45.

Visit Any National Park for Free This Veterans' Day

Visit Any National Park for Free This Veterans' Day

This coming Monday, November 11, more than 400 National Park Service sites will offer free admission in recognition of Veterans’ Day and as one of five Free Entrance days each year; this includes free access to parks like Yosemite, Zion, and the Grand Canyon National Parks.

While entrance to some parks is already free, you might expect to pay per person or vehicle (and sometimes both) for...

Beth Skwarecki Beth Skwarecki Jun 21, 2019. 5 comments

How to Find the Perfect Playground for Your Workout

How to Find the Perfect Playground for Your Workout

As a parent, I have a mental map of many of the playgrounds in my area. Which ones are closest, which ones are shadiest on a sunny day, which ones have equipment that’s best for younger kids. But it takes time to build up that kind of knowledge.

The June Fitness Challenge Is: Playgrounds

This month we’re going to get outside and exercise on the playground! Swings, slides, and monkey…

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas May 27, 2019. 12 comments

What's the Best Park in Your City?

What's the Best Park in Your City?
Hack Your CityEach Monday we ask you for your best city tips: driving tips, restaurant recs, things to do, and any other advice for visitors and locals. Sometimes the weekly topic is a specific city; other times it's an aspect of all cities, so everyone can participate.  

When my friends from the country visit New York, I try to take them to the park. They live ten minutes from real forest...

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Emily Price Emily Price Apr 21, 2019. 1 comments

How to Virtually Visit 31 National Parks Using Google Maps

How to Virtually Visit 31 National Parks Using Google Maps

All of the National Parks in the United States are free to visit today thanks to the start of National Park Week.

If your dream park happens to be across the country rather than in your backyard, Google is offering guided tours of 31 different US parks this week as well, allowing you to virtually explore those spots that you might not otherwise be able to get to.

You can access the park tours...

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Emily Price Emily Price Apr 20, 2019. 1 comments

Visit National Parks For Free This Saturday

Visit National Parks For Free This Saturday

If you’ve been holding off making a trip to one of the US’s National Parks, then Saturday might be your day.

To celebrate the start of National Park Week April 20-28th all National Parks that typically charge an entrance fee will be letting visitors in for free on Saturday. That means you can check out spots like Joshua Tree, Yosemite, and Muir Woods for just the cost of the gas to get you...

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Michelle Woo Michelle Woo Mar 29, 2019. 7 comments

This Playground in Tokyo Encourages Kids to Take Risks 

This Playground in Tokyo Encourages Kids to Take Risks 
Hack the WorldThe best tips, tricks and hacks from all over the globe.  

I like to think of myself as an anti-helicopter parent, but the first time I took my daughter to the neighborhood playground when she was a year and-a-half, it sounded like I was watching a horror film. “Gasp! Don’t step there! Don’t lean on that! Oh, geez! Gasp! Oh, goodness!” She had only toddled up three steps, and I...

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Emily Price Emily Price Feb 18, 2019. 21 comments

People With Disabilities Are Entitled to a Free Lifetime Pass to National Parks 

People With Disabilities Are Entitled to a Free Lifetime Pass to National Parks 

If you or your child has a permanent disability you may be entitled to a free, lifetime pass to visit the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands.

I actually learned about the program because a friend of mine’s child has Type-1 diabetes and qualities for the program. Qualifying disabilities include physical, mental, or sensory impairments.

How to Help Joshua Tree National Park After the...

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Claire Lower Claire Lower Sep 05, 2018. 8 comments

What to Pack for a Picnic in the Park

What to Pack for a Picnic in the Park

I enjoy eating in pretty parks, especially as we head into cooler temperatures, but I do not enjoy schlepping plates and utensils to and from my home. Here we show you how to make artfully assembled skewers, stacked with a variety of flavors and textures for easy outside eating—no forks required.

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Kyle James Kyle James Jun 24, 2018. 1 comments

Volunteer at National and State Parks to Score Free Amenities

Volunteer at National and State Parks to Score Free Amenities

From the gulf stream waters to the redwood forests, the US has some absolutely amazing national, state, and regional parks. If you have a favorite park you visit yearly, or a park on your bucket list, you might be able to volunteer in the park and stay for free.

Parks will happily trade free amenities for certain duties, like being a campground host, interpretative guide, visitor center...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Jun 10, 2018. 20 comments

Tell Us Your Yellowstone Park Travel Tips

Tell Us Your Yellowstone Park Travel Tips

This week on the increasingly inaccurately named Hack Your City, we’re collecting your tips for Yellowstone National Park. This place is nuts! Most of the world’s geysers are in Yellowstone. So are features like mountains, waterfalls, canyons, and hot springs (like the Grand Prismatic Spring, shown above not photoshopped). These are spread out across 3,470 square miles of land spilling out of...

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Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Jun 09, 2018. 9 comments

The Best Yellowstone Travel Tips From Our Readers

The Best Yellowstone Travel Tips From Our Readers

We took the city out of Hack Your City this week, collecting reader tips on Yellowstone National Park. You can read all the best comments in the Staff tab under the original post . We’ve collected highlights below.

Each Monday on Hack Your City, we ask readers for your best tips on a city: driving tips, restaurant recs, things to do, and any other advice for visitors and locals. Then on...

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Heather Yamada-Hosley Heather Yamada-Hosley Dec 15, 2017. 14 comments

Get Free Admission to All National Park Service Parks, Beaches and Forests This Tuesday

Get Free Admission to All National Park Service Parks, Beaches and Forests This Tuesday

Our national parks and lands are a great way to get outdoors and reconnect with family, friends, or even yourself. This Tuesday, you can get in for free to any park run by the National Park Service in celebration of their 99th birthday.

Find a national park near you

The National Park Service has done some serious upgrading to the park finder formerly known as…

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Heather Yamada-Hosley Heather Yamada-Hosley Nov 06, 2017. 13 comments

This Map Shows You the Best Road Trip Route Between National Parks

This Map Shows You the Best Road Trip Route Between National Parks

If you like the outdoors, a road trip between several national parks is perfect for a long weekend or vacation. This map plots the best route between nearby national parks so you spend less time planning and more time exploring.

This Infographic Shows the Best Time to Visit National Parks in the US

A national park is a great summer vacation option. Problem is, parks can be crowded in high...

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Kristin Wong Kristin Wong Sep 16, 2017. 10 comments

This Infographic Shows the Best Time to Visit National Parks in the US

This Infographic Shows the Best Time to Visit National Parks in the US

A national park is a great summer vacation option. Problem is, parks can be crowded in high season. But in low season, you might meet bad weather and not have the same experience. This infographic tells you the best time to visit 23 national parks, factoring in crowds, weather, and also price.

Based on author picks from their National Parks Guides, Lonely Planet gauged the best months to visit...

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Heather Yamada-Hosley Heather Yamada-Hosley Sep 08, 2017. 11 comments

All the Days in 2016 You Can Get Into National Parks for Free

All the Days in 2016 You Can Get Into National Parks for Free

Visiting national parks is a great way to get outdoors and explore our beautiful natural spaces, and the National Park Service offers tons of free admittance days for holidays and other events. Here’s a list of all of them so you can plan your trip now.

This Infographic Shows the Best Time to Visit National Parks in the US

A national park is a great summer vacation option. Problem is, parks...

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Alan Henry Alan Henry Aug 25, 2017. 10 comments

Top 10 YouTube Channels to Inspire You to Get Outside

Top 10 YouTube Channels to Inspire You to Get Outside

The sun is high, the days are long, and the weather is hot—which means it’s a great time to get outdoors and see some beautiful natural spaces. Whether it’s a huge national park or just a green space closer to home, here are some channels that’ll inspire you to get out and explore.

10. National Geographic

Everyone knows Nat Geo, but their YouTube channel is full of beautiful videos...

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Heather Yamada-Hosley Heather Yamada-Hosley Aug 24, 2017. 11 comments

The Junior Rangers Program Teaches Kids to Love the Great Outdoors

The Junior Rangers Program Teaches Kids to Love the Great Outdoors

Visiting a national park is a great way to get your kids closer to nature, and to keep them interested, the National Parks Service’s Junior Rangers program offers free games and booklets that teach your kids about the park they’re visiting (as well as the outdoors in general) while they’re there.

The Best National Parks to Visit While It’s Still Winter

National Parks are traditionally...

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Heather Yamada-Hosley Heather Yamada-Hosley Aug 22, 2017. 6 comments

How to Get Into National Parks for Free This Fall

How to Get Into National Parks for Free This Fall

This year, there are ten days the National Park Service is offering free admission and the last four of those days are this fall. The next of these free days is this Friday, August 25th, so here’s how to make the most of your free fall visit.

Besides this Friday, the National Park Service’s birthday, September 30th (National Public Lands Day) and November 11-12th (Veterans Day weekend) are...

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Heather Yamada-Hosley Heather Yamada-Hosley Aug 22, 2017. 7 comments

National Park Week Means Free Admission for Everyone

National Park Week Means Free Admission for Everyone

This year, the National Park Service is celebrating their 100th anniversary by granting free admission for everyone during National Park Week, April 16-24th. That means it’s a great time to get outside and explore our national lands, parks, and monuments.

All the Days in 2016 You Can Get Into National Parks for Free

Visiting national parks is a great way to get outdoors and explore...

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Heather Yamada-Hosley Heather Yamada-Hosley Aug 20, 2017. 13 comments

The Best National Parks to Visit for Spectacular Fall Foliage

The Best National Parks to Visit for Spectacular Fall Foliage

One of the best parts of fall is taking in the beautiful colors of the changing leaves . Your neighborhood may be a good spot for this, but for the best fall foliage views, head to one of these national parks.

These parks all have plenty of trails and many types of trees that go through a colorful transformation during fall. Some of them might be a bit of a drive, making them a great weekend...

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