Thursday, August 5, 2010

Free Museum and National Park Day

I absolutely love a good deal, especially a free one.  On September 25th and November 11th, there are some deals that you are not going to want to miss.  On September 25th you can get into a museum and a National Park for FREE.  I am super excited about this because I love going on trips with my husband and seeing new things.  We are new to the Seattle area and I have been anticipating a visit to the Olympic National Park--looks like this is our chance to go.  

Courtesy of flickr user Wildcat Dunny
Check this out to see which 100 National Parks are free.  If  you're looking for a fun outing for the family, why not head to the Olympic National Forest, Mount Rainier Forest, or the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park?  Or perhaps maybe you'd rather take this opportunity to travel a bit and visit a place like Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon.  
My California friends can visit Sequoia National Park, Yosemite, the Joshua Tree National Park, The Pinnacles, and the Lava Beds National Park just to name a few.
Either way, there is bound to be a park that sparks your interest and is sure to be a hit with the kids.  
Here are the dates again:
  • September 25, 2010
    (Public Lands Day)
  • November 11, 2010
    (Veterans Day)

Courtesy of flickr user Taylor Dundee

Another option on September 25th is Free Museum Day.  I'm hoping we can squeeze a trip to the Seattle Art Museum in the morning followed by a drive to the Olympic Mountains on the 25th, but that might be overdoing it with a one year-old (I can't believe he'll be a year old by then!).  You'll have to visit the site, register, choose your museum of choice and then print the ticket that will be emailed to your inbox. No ticket = No admission, so make sure you don't lose it.
Here are a few participating museums in the Seattle area:
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Bellevue Arts Museum
  • Kids' Quest Children's Museum (Bellevue)
  • The Museum of Flight
  • Wing Luke Asian Museum
  • Nordic Heritage Museum
Have a look at this link to find Seattle-area museums, which offer "free days."  Many have "free days" once a month.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about WA State's history.
If you plan on visiting a museum or park, let me know!

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