Summer vacation might be ending, but there is still time to squeeze in one last trip with the entire family. This weekend, wrap up the season by visiting one of Maryland’s 18 national parks for free.
In honor of the National Park Service 100 year anniversary, parks across the country are offering free admission from August 25-28. From the historic Antietam National Battlefield in Western Maryland, to Baltimore’s star-spangled Fort McHenry, to Assateague Island and its famous wild ponies on our Eastern Shore – Maryland’s parks and programs have something to offer everyone.
“National parks in Maryland drew more than 6.4 million people last year alone,” said Commerce Secretary Mike Gill. “These attractions provide recreational activities, history lessons, and unique experiences for residents and visitors alike – and, as an added benefit, have a significant impact on Maryland’s economy.”
The National Park Service was created in 1916 to conserve the scenery, historic objects, and wildlife across the country. President Woodrow Wilson signed the act in order to protect the nation’s natural landmarks and provide enjoyment for future generations. Today there are 59 national parks covering more than 84 million acres in the U.S.
See the full list of National Parks in Maryland on the NPS’ website. Commemorate the occasion by joining NPS on social media with the hashtags #FindYourPark and #NPS100.