Entrance fees will be waived at National Parks on June 21, which just happens to be the first day of the summer.  It’s one of several annual fee-free days at more than 100 national parks.

So, if you happen to be on vacation that week or can take a day off for a trek to a nearby national park, you and your friends and family can enjoy spending some time together, learning about nature and history, exploring the great outdoors and, importantly, getting some exercise.

The U.S. National Parks Service website allows you a plug in a zip code to find parks near you and it profiles the various parks and highlights special activities.  For example, from June 18-25 visitors to the Grand Canyon can join astronomy clubs for Star Parties on both the north and south rims of the canyons. Visitors also can check out which parks do not charge entrance fees.

Should June 21 not workout, there are two more designated entrance fee free dates remaining this year: Sept. 24, Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11-13, Veterans Day weekend.

The summer months, which pass by all too quickly, provide excellent opportunities for frequent family outings.  When you’re out exploring, remember that it’s important to stay hydrated.  To learn all about the multitude of hydrating options our industry offers, visit the products page of our website.

Regular physical activity—a key component—to living a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle is so important in the calories consumed, calories burned equation.  And our National Parks are prime spots for walking and hiking.