Free entrance for National Park Service birthday

The National Park Service will waive its entrance fees Friday in celebration of the department’s 101st birthday.

The Colonial National Historical Park, which includes Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield, will eliminate entrance fees Friday. A ticket to Historic Jamestowne normally costs $14 per person — or $5 if you have a National Park Service interagency access pass or senior pass — and includes admission to Yorktown Battlefield. A solo ticket to Yorktown Battlefield is $7. The sites are connected by the Colonial Parkway.

Both sites have self-guided tours and usually offer ranger-led tours. Preservation Virginia also has archaeology walking tours of Historic Jamestowne. Check the visitor center’s front desk for tour times.

The other park site on the Peninsula, Fort Monroe National Monument, dosen’t have an entrance fee.

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The Yorktown Battlefield Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the park grounds remain open until sunset. The visitor’s center and Yorktown Victory Monument are always free, but normally you must pay to see exhibits in the visitor’s center and to take the auto tour of the battlefield sites. Historic Jamestowne’s entrance gate is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The park system has several free entrance days throughout the year. The next fee-free day will be Sept. 30 for National Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11-12 for Veterans Day weekend. Previous fee-free days included Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President’s Day and during National Park Week weekends in April.

Other National Park Service sites in Virginia and on the Outer Banks will waive fees Friday.

Great Falls Park and Prince William Forest Park in the Washington, D.C., area won’t have entrance fees. Shenandoah National Park in western Virginia, Assateague National Seashore on the Eastern Shore and the Wright Brothers National Memorial on the Outer Banks will also waive their normal fees.

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Check out the Daily Press’ 12 Hours series, which included stops at National Park sites on the Outer Banks and Yorktown.

View photos of wildlife in the National Parks or take a look back at old National Park photos.

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