According to the National Parks Service web site, 133 of the 401 national parks in the United States charge an entrance fee. However, several free admission days are planned for 2014. These include:
- January 20 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- February 15-17 – Presidents Day weekend
- April 19-20 – Opening weekend of National Park Week
- August 25 – National Park Service Birthday
- September 27 – National Public Lands Day
- November 11 – Veterans Day
More information is available on the national parks web site.
- Museum Day Live! To celebrate the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums (which are always free), Smithsonian Magazine organizes the annual Museum Day Live! event for free admission to museums across the United States. Tickets are available through the event web site beginning in July/August for free admission to participating museums across the U.S. on Saturday, September 27, 2014.
- FreeMuseumDay.org. This web site lists free museum days available in several cities: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle. The web site says to check back for additional cities.
- Bank of America Museums on Us. Bank of America/Merrill Lynch customers have access to one free general admission pass to more than 150 museums through the country on the first full weekend of the month.
- Blue Star Families. Military families have access to free museum admissions through the Blue Star Museums program, which runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
- City guides. Free museum days are listed in guides available for various cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, and Denver.
- Creation Museum. The museum in Petersburg, Kentucky (near Cincinnati) is offering free admission throughout 2014 for children 12 and under who are accompanied by at least one paying adult.
Do you know other places of general interest offering free admission in 2014? Let me know and I’ll link them up.