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Every Kid in a Park – Free Access to National Parks

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Every Kid in a Park is a National Park Service program that allows the four-graders and their families and friends to visit national and historic parks for FREE! This is a great opportunity to save few dollars and get your child interested in outdoors and natural beauty of the U.S. and its history.

To give you an idea of how much you will be saving, here are some numbers. The annual pass to all the parks will cost you $80. The week access to parks like Bryce or Zion in Utah will run you $30.00.

To find out details about the program and information how you child or children can obtain the pass visit the Every Kid in a Park website.

 

When you think about the Great Lakes region, you most likely thinking that there are not that many national parks here. Yet, you might be surprised. There are many more than you  would think. So let me list the most important of them here for your reference.

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Mississippi Nat’l River and Recreation Area

 

Minnesota:

Grand Portage Nat’l Monument, Mississippi Nat’l River & Recreation Area, Pipestone Nat’l Monument, Saint Croix Nat’l Scenic Riverway and Voyageurs Nat’l Park.

Wisconsin:

Apostle Islands Nat’l Lakeshore and Saint Croix Nat’l Scenic Riverway.

Illinois:

Lincoln Home Nat’l Historic Site and Pullman Nat’l Monument.

 

Every Kid in a Park

Indiana Dunes Nat’l Lakeshore

 

Indiana:

Indiana Dunes Nat’l.

Michigan:

Isle Royale Nat’l Park, Pictured Rocks Nat’l Lakeshore and Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat’l Lakeshore.

Ohio:

Cuyahoga Valley Nat’l Park.

 

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Allegheny Portage Railroad Nat’l Historic Site

 

Pennsylvania:

Allegheny Portage Railroad Nat’l Historic Site, Delaware Water Gap Nat’l Recreation Area, Gettysburg Nat’l Military Park, Lower Delaware Nat’l Wild and Scenic River, Valley Forge Nat’l Historic Park and Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River.

 

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Delaware Water Gap Nat’l Recreation Area

 

New York (Great Lakes region):

Niagara Falls Nat’l Heritage Area, Saratoga Nat’l Historic Park and Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River.

 

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Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River

 

There are many more, smaller parks, sites, etc. You can find them by visiting the National Park Service website. Therefore, there are many places to visit. So get you kids off the couch or away from the computer screen and take them on a trip of discovery to a national park.

 

Rich S. is a lifetime photographer and traveler based in Metro Detroit area. He has been traveling the Great Lakes area for over 30 years. Follow his blog about his trips, interesting activities and destinations in the Great Lakes region.

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