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Free National Park in 2017 Everywhere!

Free Admission to National Parks on Select Days in 2017

Happy Birthday!  The National Park Service just turned 100 years old! Celebrate the start of their second century by visiting a park in 2017. And for 10 days of the year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer FREE admission to everyone.

Gettysburg National Military Park

Gettysburg National Military Park        Gettysburg, Adams County

What a great way for kids and adults alike to learn about the history of our United States -- at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg, a turning point in the Civil War, the War's bloodiest battle, and the inspiration behind President Lincoln's immortal Gettysburg Address. 

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site Gallitzin

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site   Gallitzin, Cambria County

The Allegheny Portage Railroad is a story of ingenuity, persistence, and the fleeting power of success. This engineering marvel, which includes the first railroad tunnel in America, opened a valuable trade route within a developing nation. The celebration of its success was enjoyed worldwide; it was a must see for prominent travelers of the 1840s. The Allegheny Portage Railroad of today has many interesting things to see and do.

Passport to Your National Parks Program

Passport to Your National Parks Program

Does your family like to travel? Do you like to explore national parks? This program might be perfect for you! The Passport To Your National Parks® program, launched in 1986, provides information and encourages visitation to all of America's national parks. It includes a passport book that lists all national parks in the United States and U.S. territories, and provides space for 'cancellation' stamps which can be found in almost every national park in the system.

National Parks Service Junior Ranger Programs

National Parks Service Junior Ranger Programs

Here is a fun way to enhance your child's experience at any National Park! The NPS Junior Ranger program is an activity-based program conducted in almost all parks, which offer young visitors the opportunity to join the National Park Service "family" as Junior Rangers.

Fort Necessity Battlefield Farmington

Fort Necessity Battlefield   Farmington, Fayette County

The Battlefield at Fort Necessity played an important role in American history. The battle at Fort Necessity in the summer of 1754 was the opening action of the French and Indian War. It was also George Washington's first battle of his military career.

Johnstown Flood National Memorial Johnstown

Johnstown Flood National Memorial    Johnstown, Cambria County

The South Fork dam failed on Friday, May 31, 1889 and unleashed 20,000,000 tons of water that devestated Johnstown, PA. The flood killed 2,209 people but it brought the nation and the world together to aid the "Johnstown sufferers." The story of the Johnstown Flood reminds us all, "...that we must leave nothing undone for the preservation and protection of our brother men."

Steamtown National Park Scranton


Steamtown National Park         Scranton, Lackawanna County

Our national parks are places for everyone to have fun, reconnect with nature and history, and build a sense of ownership and stewardship toward parks and the environment.  Steamtown National Historic Site is the only place in the National Park System where the story of steam railroading and the people who made it possible is told.The Park Entrance Fee ($6.00, all visitors age 17 and older) includes admission to the park grounds, railroad yard, History Museum, Theater, Technology Museum, Roundhouse, Theater programs and walking tours.


Flight 93 National Memorial Stoystown

Flight 93 National Memorial        Stoystown, Somerset County


On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack when four commercial airliners were hijacked and used to strike targets on the ground. Nearly 3,000 people tragically lost their lives. Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, the attack on the U.S. Capitol was thwarted.  Passengers aboard Flight 93 overpowered the terrorists on board, and the aircraft crashed into an open field in Somerset County.