National Parks

What a weekend! We narrowly avoided a government shutdown and we also avoided having our beautiful national parks shut down too. From April 16-24, national parks around the United States will be open for FREE in honor of National Park Week.

To get the most bang for your buck, check out the full list of parks waiving their fees or find a park near you. In the past we’ve suggested a large number of parks you’ll want to visit and we have even more recommendations:

Stones River National Battlefield: Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Stones River Battlefield

April 16 and April 23 enjoy a guided bicycle tour of Stones River National Battlefield starting at 9 AM. You’ll learn about the famous Civil Way battle here during your 1-hour, 5-mile ride. Those wishing to enjoy the tour should meet at the park’s visitor center at 8:45 AM with their bikes and those 16 and under should be wearing helmets as well.

Congaree National Park: Hopkins, South Carolina

Summer Tanager via Congaree National Park

April 16 and 17 are NatureFest 2011 at Congaree National Park. Stop by the Harry Hampton Visitor Center to enjoy guided walks, exhibits, lectures and canoe tours. Saturday’s program “Welcome Back Wood Warblers” focuses on the birds of the region while Sunday’s “Rudy Mancke Spring Walk” at 1:30 PM gives you a chance to learn about the wildlife of the park from naturalist Rudy Mancke. Call (803) 776 4396 for more information and to make a reservation.

Fort Sumter National Monument: Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina

Fort Sumter Officer's Quarters in Ruins via NPS

April 12 marks the 150th anniversary of when the Civil War began with Confederate troops attacking Fort Sumter. In honor of the Sesquicentennial, Fort Sumter National Monument will be holding events through April 17. On April 16, Junior Ranger day at the monument will offer Civil War-era games for children to play. Kids can also “enlist” and learn how to march, drill, and fire their weapons. You’ll also have a chance to witness to Confederate takeover of the Fort via reenactment. Over the weekend you’ll also have a chance to learn about artillery, watch muskets being fired, and learn about the medical issues soldiers faced during the Civil War.

Cape Cod National Seashore: Provincetown, Massachusetts

April 16, 19, 21, and 23 from 9:30 AM-12:30 PM, you can head to Race Point Beach at Cape Cod National Seashore. From the shore, park rangers will guide you in spotting whales.

Eisenhower National Historic Site: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Eisenhower NHS 1

Just before D-Day, the “Sausage Camp” during the WWII had one last weekend together. On April 16 and 17, the 29th Division Living History Group will recreate that weekend with their Preparing for D-Day program at the Eisenhower National Historic Site. Get an idea for how food was served to troops, see an assault gear demonstration, watch boat team drills, and get an idea for the mindset before an invasion.

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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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