NATIONWIDE — Those tired of staying indoors and wanting to visit a national park are in luck.
The National Park Service is offering visitors free admission on Saturday, April 17 in honor of National Park Week.
That date marks the first day of the weeklong celebration, which lasts April 17 – 25. The first day is meant to encourage residents to explore national parks that typically charge entrance fees.
April 17 is also known as International Park Prescription (ParkRx) Day.
“You are invited to join us on this special day celebrated across the United States and internationally to promote the growing movement of healthcare providers referring patients to parks to improve their health and wellbeing,” according to the NPS’ website. “This year ParkRx Day is a fee-free day in US National Parks so everyone can get out and enjoy the health benefits of the great outdoors.”
Colonial National Historical Park is one of several parks in the state which will not charge admission on Saturday.
As part of the Park Rx holiday, NPS is encouraging residents to share their nature experience on social media using the hashtags #PowerOfParksForHealth and #BeforeAndAfterParkRx for a chance to be featured on their official photo gallery.
While the entrance fee to national parks are free this Saturday, the fee-free day does not include other amenities including camping, boat launches, transportation or special tours.
For more information or to visit the Colonial National Historical Park, visit their website by clicking here for the current operating hours.
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