free activities http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12662/all en-US How to Visit San Francisco Without Going Broke http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-san-francisco-without-going-broke-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-visit-san-francisco-without-going-broke-0" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/golden_gate_bridge_000055222878.jpg" alt="Learning how to visit San Francisco without going broke" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>San Francisco is officially the <a href="http://www.gobankingrates.com/personal-finance/best-worst-cities-saving-money/">most expensive city</a> in the country, surpassing New York City for the first time. This means a visit is going to hit you where it hurts: right in the wallet. Fortunately, once you've found an affordable flight and hotel deal, there are some fun ways to get more from your vacation, and save money in the process.</p> <h2>1. Free (or Discounted) Tours</h2> <p>There are a plethora of <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60713-d1830811-r45122397-San_Francisco_City_Guides-San_Francisco_California.html">free or affordable tours</a> to take advantage of throughout the Bay Area. You can take part in walking, biking, hiking, or bus tours. An online tour or smartphone app like <a href="https://www.strayboots.com/locations/san-francisco/tours">Stray Boots</a> can also allow you to take a tour on your own time, at your own pace. You can also find deals on tours and attractions on discount sites like <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10795774-1399573918000">Groupon</a>, <a href="http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-2822544-11399177-1431444261000">LivingSocial</a>, and Amazon Local Deals. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-in-san-francisco-the-best-ways-to-spend-it?ref=seealso">$20 in San Francisco: The Best Ways to Spend It</a>)</p> <h2>2. Savings on Entertainment</h2> <p>You can find endless ways to have fun without spending a dime, like free art, music, fitness classes, and more throughout the city. Take advantage of discount programs like <a href="https://www.goldstar.com/san-francisco">Goldstar</a>, the <a href="http://www.smartdestinations.com/san-francisco-attractions-and-tours/_d_Sfo-p1.html?pass=Sfo_Prod_Go&amp;allInc=true">Go San Francisco Card</a> (which can save you up to 55% on top San Francisco attractions), or the <a href="http://www.anrdoezrs.net/click-2822544-10763421-1425686407000">San Francisco CityPASS</a>, which combines the Muni Pass with admission to some of the best attractions in the city. You can also save money on performances throughout the city at the <a href="http://tixbayarea.org/">TIX half-price ticket booth</a> in Union Square.</p> <h2>3. Visit the Beach</h2> <p>Walking through Fisherman's Wharf can give you the feeling of a beach, boardwalk, and theme park in one. Save money with a <a href="http://aquariumofthebay.org/wharfpass">WharfPass</a> or watch your spending at this tourist hotspot. Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk are only a short drive away, and can provide a day of fun, without the high entrance fees that you'd find at a theme park. You can also visit Pacifica State Beach, Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach, Surfer's Beach, and any of the other beautiful Bay Area beaches for endless hours of free entertainment.</p> <h2>4. Go Wine Tasting</h2> <p>With Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and endless wineries at your fingertips, it's hard to resist a wine tasting. Fortunately, taking advantage of wine tastings is actually an affordable way to spend your weekend or next date night. It will allow you to sip some of the finest wines for cheap and you can even find discounts to wineries and tastings to get more from every sip. Browse the <a href="http://www.preiserkey.com/">Preisser Key</a> for the lowdown on Sonoma and Napa Valley wines, restaurants, and more.</p> <h2>5. Home of the Festivals</h2> <p>Whether it's food, music, film, or shopping you're into, you'll find a festival nearby that can appeal to your passions. Visit <a href="http://californiafairsandfestivals.com/">California Fairs and Festivals</a> to find festivals near you.</p> <h2>6. Go to the Park</h2> <p>Home to some of the most beautiful parks in the country, it only makes sense to spend a day picnicking and exploring one of the Bay Area's majestic parks. On a trip to the Golden Gate Park, make sure to also stop at the Japanese Tea Garden for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will only cost $6 per person. You can enjoy an entire day at these two destinations without spending much.</p> <p>There are also a number of amazing hiking destinations, such as Twin Peaks, Lands End Trail, and Bluffs Trail, which will offer some of the best views of the city, combined with an incredible workout. If you're serious about spending some time at the beautiful parks and recreational sites throughout the area, consider getting a <a href="http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html">National Park Pass</a>, so you can save money on admission fees and visit any of the national parks as often as you like throughout the year.</p> <h2>7. Take in a Museum</h2> <p>You can visit one of the Bay Area's many <a href="http://www.freemuseumday.org/sf.html">museums for free</a>. Spending a whole day in the museum is a great way to take in some culture without breaking your budget. It's a great way to spend time with friends, family, or on a date.</p> <h2>8. Save on Food and Shopping</h2> <p>San Francisco is home to some of the best restaurants and freshest produce in the country, but it can be pricey. Take advantage of local foodie favorites like food festivals, food truck finds, and <a href="http://www.sfrestaurantweek.com/">SF Restaurant Week</a>, which offers fixed price menus at a discount. If you're tired of spending a fortune on food, take advantage of San Francisco's sprawling farmers markets, like the <a href="http://www.sfgsa.org/index.aspx?page=1058">Alemany Farmers Market</a>, and cook more at home. Local foddies rely on <a href="http://sf.eater.com/">EaterSF</a> to stay abreast of the latest Bay Area food news and events.</p> <p>You can also take advantage of some of the best thrift stores and outlets in the country for unique finds at a bargain.</p> <h2>9. Leave the City</h2> <p>It can be easy to get carried away in the San Francisco lifestyle, but there is life outside the big city too. Oakland, Berkeley, and San Jose all offer their own unique charms and attractions. Spending some portion of your trip in each of these NorCal locations will provide you with an affordable vacation right in your backyard.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite ways to save money in San Francisco? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-san-francisco-without-going-broke-0">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-new-york-without-going-broke">How to Visit New York Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-do-la-on-the-cheap">10 Ways to Do LA On the Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-ways-the-sharing-economy-helps-you-save-on-vacation">5 Fun Ways the Sharing Economy Helps You Save on Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-never-buy-souvenirs">Why You Should Never Buy Souvenirs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-worst-travel-values">The 7 Worst Travel Values</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel bay area california free activities napa valley San Francisco tourism Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:00:24 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1561307 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Visit New York Without Going Broke http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-new-york-without-going-broke <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-visit-new-york-without-going-broke" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_in_the_city_000051322454_0.jpg" alt="Woman visiting New York without going broke" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>New York City is one of the most expensive cities in the world, and for good reason. It's the place of bright lights, beautiful sights, and exquisite bites. However, vacationing there can be insanely expensive. Fortunately, we've compiled some tips to help you get more from your New York experience without breaking your budget.</p> <h2>1. Purchase a Tourist Pass</h2> <p>A tourist pass will allow you to see more of New York, for a smaller investment of time and money. The <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-10480883-1366888277000">New York Pass</a> is a tourist card created by New Yorkers, so you can really get a complete view of the city, with free entry to more than 80 NYC attractions. Many theatres and venues also offer a ticket lottery, student rush, or other ways to get free or discounted tickets, if you show up at least 20 minutes before the show begins.</p> <h2>2. Take a Free (or Discounted) Tour</h2> <p>Tours are usually very affordable and you can find them anywhere in NYC. The double decker bus tours throughout Times Square are a tried-and-true favorite that can show you around New York's most popular neighborhoods and destinations, but they can be expensive if you purchase them off the street peddlers. Instead, search discount sites like <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10795771-1399573918000">Groupon</a>, <a href="http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-2822544-11368267-1431444261000">LivingSocial</a>, Google Offers, Yelp Deals, and Amazon Local Deals for discounts on tours and attractions.</p> <p>There are also endless hiking, walking, biking, shuttle, and bus tours that can help you get more from the area, without spending much. If you'd like to take a tour from your phone, consider apps like <a href="https://www.strayboots.com/locations/new-york/tours/">Stray Boots</a>, which will allow you to complete a tour at your own speed and pace.</p> <h2>3. Save on Shows and Entertainment</h2> <p>If you want to take in a Broadway show, you can find the best discounts at <a href="https://www.goldstar.com/new-york">Goldstar</a> and the <a href="https://www.tdf.org/nyc/7/TKTS-ticket-booths">TKTS booths</a> in Times Square, Brooklyn, and South Street Seaport. You can also just walk through Times Square to find guaranteed free comedy shows and entertainment. You'll quickly find street peddlers offering free shows throughout Time Square, but make sure to ask if there are any fees or drink requirements associated with the tickets, or else you may end up spending more at the bar than you anticipated.</p> <h2>4. Take Advantage of Free Entertainment</h2> <p>Free entertainment can be found all around the city at any time of the year, particularly during the warmer times of the year. Subscribe to <a href="http://ilovefreeconcerts.com/">Free New York City Concerts</a> to find out which free concerts and special events will be taking place near you. You can also get the full New York experience by attending a free show taping.</p> <h2>5. Spend a Day at the Museum</h2> <p>There are a number of museums throughout the city that <a href="http://www.nyc-arts.org/collections/35/free-museum-days-or-pay-what-you-wish">offer free admission</a> on certain days, such as the MoMa, The Cloisters, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Brooklyn Botanic Gardens also offers free entry on Tuesdays. Consider also attending a free gallery opening. You'll be able to enjoy free art, wine, and socializing opportunities.</p> <h2>6. Have a Picnic in the Park</h2> <p>New York is home to some of the most beautiful sprawling parks in the world, such as Central Park, Prospect Park, Bryant Park, and Highline Park. There are always events going on and things to see and do at the park that won't cost you much, like <a href="http://www.publictheater.org/en/programs--events/shakespeare-in-the-park/?SiteTheme=Shakespeare">Free Shakespeare in the Park</a> and free public kayaking programs at the Downtown Boathouse. You can also visit one of the small bodegas or caf├ęs bordering one of the parks to pick up an affordable lunch to enjoy picnic-style at the park.</p> <h2>7. Find a Festival or Fair</h2> <p>There is always a festival going on in NYC. Whether it's a food, film, or music festival, there are always fun things to see, great things to eat, and prime people watching to enjoy. <a href="http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket/manhattan-union-square-m">Union Square</a> also holds street fairs, farmers markets, and holiday events throughout the year, if you like to walk and shop. You can also walk the Brooklyn Bridge and Williamsburg Bridge for a once-in-a-lifetime experience and photo ops. Coney Island can also give you the theme park experience, while combining great food, arcade games, and the beach and boardwalk. Just make sure to watch your spending at this tourist hotspot and keep the purchases to a minimum.</p> <h2>8. Don't Blow Your Budget on Shopping and Food</h2> <p>You can find cheap bagel and pizza spots around the city and great local stops in Chinatown, where $5 can actually take you far. Food trucks are also a quick way to sample the city's food, without going broke. Take advantage of lunch specials and happy hour whenever possible; they are great ways to enjoy your favorite restaurants' best food and drink choices for cheap. Drinking at the bar can cost you an average of $15 per drink, so look for BYOB places, happy hour specials, or just pregame at home.</p> <p>Another great way to try some of New York's trendiest eateries is through food festivals and events, such as <a href="http://www.smorgasburg.com/">Smorgasburg</a> and <a href="http://www.nycgo.com/restaurant-week">Restaurant Week</a>. There, you can taste little bites of the city's best foods without having to purchase an entire meal. At certain events, like A Taste of Fifth, once you purchase the ticket to the event, you can taste all the food you want. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-in-new-york-city-the-15-best-ways-to-spend-it?ref=seealso">$20 in New York City: The 15 Best Ways to Spend It</a>)</p> <p>SoHo may seem like a tempting stop, but you'll blow your budget in no time if you let your shopping instincts get the best of you. If you feel the need to shop, take advantage of NYC's famous thrift and discount stores, <a href="http://www.ny.com/shopping/flea/">flea markets</a>, outlets, and sample sales.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite ways to save money in New York City? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-new-york-without-going-broke">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-luxe-travel-destinations-that-are-cheaper-in-winter">6 Luxe Travel Destinations That Are Cheaper in Winter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-visit-san-francisco-without-going-broke-0">How to Visit San Francisco Without Going Broke</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-in-new-york-city-the-15-best-ways-to-spend-it">$20 in New York City: The 15 Best Ways to Spend It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-ways-the-sharing-economy-helps-you-save-on-vacation">5 Fun Ways the Sharing Economy Helps You Save on Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/volunteer-to-travel-11-opportunities-for-free-or-very-cheap-travel">Volunteer to Travel: 11 Opportunities for Free or Very Cheap Travel</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel big apple free activities new york new york city tourism trips Fri, 11 Sep 2015 09:00:20 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1554767 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Fun and Frugal Labor Day Activities http://www.wisebread.com/15-fun-and-frugal-labor-day-activities <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-fun-and-frugal-labor-day-activities" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_beach_day_000049233930.jpg" alt="Family finding leisurely ways to enjoy Labor Day" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>So far you probably have two goals for Labor Day: 1.) Not get stuck hosting a barbeque yourself, and 2.) Somehow convince the kids that Disneyland is a bad idea. So what else can be done on the last big weekend of summer? Try these 15 leisurely ways to enjoy Labor Day.</p> <h2>1. A Union Parade</h2> <p>Since 1894, there have been parades in nearly every major city to celebrate the labor of the American worker. Why not enjoy the pageantry and patriotism? Set up chairs to view the parade and support local workers!</p> <h2>2. See an Outdoor Movie</h2> <p>Grab your coolers, folding chairs, blankets, and set up camp on a lawn to see an old favorite movie. If there's a classic <a href="http://www.nerve.com/entertainment/drivein-theater-open-find-location">drive-in theater near you</a> (which would be lucky, as there are only a few left in existence), why not roll up to see a new movie?</p> <h2>3. The County Fair</h2> <p>Without fail, there is always a county fair within a couple hours' drive from anywhere. This is an easy and fun way to spend a day watching shows, eating crazy street food, and enjoying rides with the family. The county fair is a can't-fail plan.</p> <h2>4. Shakespeare in the Park</h2> <p>Class it up with a relaxing Shakespeare play or two in the park. Local community theatres put on shows like these all the time throughout the summer. Catch one before the season ends.</p> <h2>5. Visit a Museum for Free</h2> <p>Did you know Bank of America customers can <a href="http://museums.bankofamerica.com/arts/MOU">visit select museums for free</a>? It's a cool perk worth using at least once per year! This is a great time, since this is usually the time for big and popular exhibits.</p> <h2>6. A Classic Car Show</h2> <p>In places like Southern California, local parks are a beacon for classic cars on the weekend. Look up classic car meetups near you to enjoy watching beautiful vehicles nearly a century old riding by &mdash; some with hydraulics!</p> <h2>7. Enjoy the Beach</h2> <p>Always easy, why not take an impromptu trip to the ocean, lake, or river for some leisurely fun? Pack up a delicious picnic to enjoy there, then finish it off with some boardwalk ice cream.</p> <h2>8. Visit the Science Center</h2> <p>Take the kids to the local science center for a quick brush-up course before school officially starts. Summer exhibits (like Los Angeles' current <a href="http://californiasciencecenter.org/exhibits/dead-sea-scrolls-the-exhibition">Dead Sea Scrolls</a>) tend to come with really cool 3D movies and lots of air conditioning!</p> <h2>9. Local Summer Concerts</h2> <p>Summer concert series tend to end around Labor Day, so this will likely be a big show. Check your local city hall website for symphonies, live bands, or music festivals happening in town.</p> <h2>10. Lay Under the Stars</h2> <p>Bored with the offerings within city limits? Take a quick drive to the nearest mountains or desert, find a place to camp for a night, and lay under the stars. It might just be a carefree balmy night to remember when you're back at work.</p> <h2>11. Take the Train</h2> <p>Sometimes it doesn't matter where you go, but how you do it. There are tons of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-affordable-train-trips">easy and fun train trips</a> to take anywhere in the U.S. that are actually very reasonably priced.</p> <h2>12. Chill at a Skating Rink</h2> <p>Skating rinks are so passe they are cool again! If you want to enjoy some kitschy fun, hit up the nearest roller rink for a cheap date. Brazing hot and need a cooler activity? Try brushing up on your hockey skills in an indoor ice rink.</p> <h2>13. The Farmers Market</h2> <p>Not interested in planning a trip, but want to celebrate the time of year in a culinary fashion? This is a great time for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buy-this-not-that-at-the-farmers-market">the farmers market</a>: so much good stuff is in season. Pick up the freshest fruit and vegetables, soak in some live music, and taste some free cheese samples.</p> <h2>14. Hang at a Brew Festival</h2> <p>Sometimes you just need an excuse to drink. Luckily, brew festivals are gaining popularity everywhere in the nation. Sure, they tend to cost somewhere between $30&ndash;$70, but look at it this way: tickets usually include unlimited beer and lots of bite size snacks to gorge on. Look up a nearby festival and go with some friends.</p> <h2>15. Stay Inside and Read</h2> <p>Never overrated, it's hard to say no to staying indoors. You didn't get invited to a wedding or goaded into another boring barbeque, so congratulations! Why not let the world rave on while you enjoy your couch, air conditioning, and a good book. Have you read <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/006226835X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=006226835X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CBX3Q776PLF45FHD">Yes, Please</a> yet?</p> <p><em>What are your plans for the Labor Day weekend?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-fun-and-frugal-labor-day-activities">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-ways-to-spend-less-money-on-valentines-day">14 Ways to Spend Less Money on Valentine&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-18-coolest-frugal-fall-adventures">The 18 Coolest Frugal Fall Adventures</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-cheap-fun-things-to-do-with-kids-this-weekend">20 Cheap Fun Things to Do With Kids This Weekend</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/watch-the-10-craziest-annual-4th-of-july-fireworks-displays">WATCH: The 10 Craziest Annual 4th of July Fireworks Displays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ideas-for-cheap-festive-fall-decor">12 Ideas for Cheap, Festive, Fall Decor</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Entertainment free activities Holidays labor day outdoors summer Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:00:25 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1540845 at http://www.wisebread.com November 11: The Last Free National Park Day of the Year http://www.wisebread.com/november-11-the-last-free-national-park-day-of-the-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/november-11-the-last-free-national-park-day-of-the-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/free national park day.jpg" alt="Glacier Point" title="Glacier Point" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking for that final escape to the outdoors for the year? Circle Thursday, November 11 (Veterans Day) on your calendar.&nbsp;November 11 is one of the &quot;Free Entrance Days&quot; at the 146 national parks that charge an entrance fee. According to a press release from the National Park Service:</p> <blockquote><p>The entrance fees being waived at the 146 sites usually charge for admission range from $3 to $25. There are 246 other parks that do not have entrance fees so you can plan a free visit year-round. The fee free waiver does not include other fees collected in advance or by contractors &mdash; such as fees charged for camping, reservations, tours and use of concessions.</p></blockquote> <h3>Participating Parks</h3> <p>For a list of participating national parks by state, visit the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparksbystate.htm">free National Parks entrance fee list</a> compiled by the U.S. National Park Service. This is one of the few times that you can get into iconic national parks for free, including:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.nps.gov/yose">Yosemite National Park</a> (California)</li> <li><a href="http://www.nps.gov/grca">Grand Canyon National Park</a> (Arizona)</li> <li><a href="http://www.nps.gov/isro">Isle Royale National Park</a> (Michigan) &mdash; bring winter clothing!</li> <li><a href="http://www.nps.gov/glac">Glacier National Park</a> (Montana)</li> <li><a href="http://www.nps.gov/yell">Yellowstone National Park</a> (Montana)</li> <li><a href="http://www.nps.gov/mora">Mount Rainier National Park</a> (Washington)</li> <li><a href="http://www.nps.gov/grte">Grand Teton National Park</a> (Wyoming)</li> </ul> <p>Before you head out, just call or check online to make sure that the park is not shut down for the season.</p> <h3>Free National Park Days in 2011</h3> <p>If you're not able to get out to a park on November 11, start planning ahead for 2011. In 2010, there were five scheduled times to get free admittance to the national parks. These dates might change in 2011, but can be used as a possible indicator of future free days:</p> <ul> <li>April 17-25, 2010 (<a href="http://www.nps.gov/npweek/">National Park Week</a>)</li> <li>June 5-6, 2010</li> <li>August 14-15, 2010</li> <li>September 25, 2010<br /> (Public Lands Day)</li> <li>November 11, 2010<br /> (Veterans Day)</li> </ul> <h3>Free Entrance to National Parks Year-Round</h3> <p>A little known secret to getting into national and state parks for free year-round is through your library. Many libraries offer opportunities to reserve state and national park permits, as well as tickets local museums &mdash; another of the many <a href="http://20somethingfinance.com/library-free/">free things to get at your library</a>. Just make sure to book far in advance.</p> <h3>National Park Discussion</h3> <ul> <li>Have you visited a national park during a Free Entrance Day?</li> <li>Have you ever borrowed a park pass from your library? How long could you keep it?</li> <li>What is your favorite national park?</li> </ul> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ge-miller">G.E. Miller</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/november-11-the-last-free-national-park-day-of-the-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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