Event date January 21, 2019
Gather up the kids and head outdoors on these free days, no pass required!
One of the great things about living in McCormick is being Close To What Counts. At McCormick, you are not only surrounded by the lush beauty of the Pacific Northwest, you don’t need to go very far to enjoy the most beautiful parks in the country! Come experience the Olympic National Park! On five days in 2019 all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.
The Olympic National Park is a wonderland for lovers of the outdoors. Its horseshoe cluster of mountains contains more than 150 glaciers and 13 rivers radiating outward. Discover Olympic’s endless trails and 60 miles of wild rugged coastline with massive sea stack formations stretching into the surf and tide pools teaming with colorful sea creatures. The western side of the park is home to a temperate rain forest full of moss-draped Douglas firs, giant western hemlocks and Sitka spruce trees. From the lush canopy of old growth forests, to the sandy beaches of the wild coast, or the majestic overlooks of rugged, glacier-capped mountains, Olympic has a great deal to offer.
January 21: Birthday Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 20: First day of National Park Week
August 25: National Park Service Birthday
September 28: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veterans day
If you want to stay closer to home there are several state parks you can visit for free as well. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to explore state parks right here in Kitsap. Manchester State Park, right in Port Orchard, is a great place for a day-long getaway along the Puget Sound. shoreline with fantastic views of Rich Passage and Seattle. History buffs will enjoy the former torpedo warehouse.
At Illahee State Park, also nearby in Bremerton, enjoy 1,785 feet of saltwater frontage with panoramic views of Puget Sound. The park features a veterans’ war memorial and the last stand of old-growth timber in Kitsap County. One of the largest yew trees in the nation grows in this park. Learn more about activities local state parks and fee-free days in 2019 here.