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Fee Free Days 2012: The Big Dates that You Need to Know

Everyone likes free, right?  Today, the Department of the Interior announced the 2012 federal fee free (try saying that three times) days on public lands like National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges.  

While many of us are just getting into the autumnal mood, 2012 is right around the corner. It's never too early to start planning that dream family vacation or reflective long weekend in the outdoors.

If you've never been to places like Denali or Acadia, consider a family trip during the week of April 21st. The park Service will be waving entrance fees in honor of National Park Week. 

Acadia National Park

If you only have a weekend and are craving a brief oceanside respite, consider traveling to the Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex from January 14th-16th and November 10th-12th. 

Sunrise at Archie Carr, Credit: Keenan Adams

As a bonus, many park-related hotels, restaurants, gift shops, and tour operators offer specials on fee free days.

So what are you waiting for?

Here are the other big federal fee free dates that you need to know for 2012. See you outside!

The Fish and Wildlife Service and National Wildlife Refuge System

  • January 14 to 16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend)
  • June 9 (Get Outdoors Day) 
  • September 29 (National Public Lands Day)
  • October 14th (National Wildlife Refuge Week)
  • November 10 to 12 (Veterans Day weekend)

The National Park Service

  • January 14 to 16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend)
  • April 21 to 29 (National Park Week) 
  • June 9 (Get Outdoors Day)
  • September 29 (National Public Lands Day)
  • November 10 to 12 (Veterans Day weekend)

 Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service

  • January 14 to 16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend)
  • June 9 (Get Outdoors Day) 
  • September 29 (National Public Lands Day)
  • November 10 to 12 (Veterans Day weekend)

Bureau of Reclaimation

  • September 29 (National Public Lands Day)
  • November 10 to 12 (Veterans Day weekend)

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