Summer Fun Day #89: Celebrate the National Park Service's birthday

The National Park Service is another year older, so celebrate with free entry to one of its 412 national parks. If you can't make it on Friday, the next free days in 2017 are September 30 and November 11 and 12.

 Star Spangled Banner Living HistoryShenandoah National Park is just under 2 hours away from Annapolis, so you can visit for the day or stay overnight at the Skyland Lodge or one of many campsites. Enjoy overlooks and trails as you drive up Skyline Drive in the Appalachian Mountains.

A visit to Antietam National Battlefield, located about an hour and 35 minutes from Annapolis, would provide a valuable history lesson for the kids about the bloodiest battle in American History that led to Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park located in West Virginia about an hour and a half from Annapolis takes families back in time with picturesque streets and museums. There are also hiking trails that lead to views of the river valleys and the town below.

Or visit Fort McHenry Natoinal Monument and Historic Shrine right in Baltimore to see the birthplace or our National Anthem.

For other national parks to visit and a schedule of special events, check out the National Park Service website.

For more summer fun ideas, check out our 100 Days of Summer list of daily family activities and our daily calendar of events.

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