2016 National Park Week

Filed in Events by on April 4, 2016

2016 national parks week

Each spring, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation invite everyone to celebrate 2016 National Park Week. This year, from April 16 – 24, 2016, you are invited to celebrate all that America’s more than 400 national parks have to offer. From diverse wildlife and iconic landscapes, to vibrant culture and rich history, our National Park System has something for everyone.

The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and want everyone to join the party!

National parks are America’s Best Idea, and there are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the 127 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all of the time. Plan your visit and enjoy our country’s history and nature. In metro Atlanta, there are three fantastic opportunities to take advantage of the 2016 National Park Week.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, located in Sweet Auburn, consists of several buildings including Martin Luther King, Jr.’s boyhood home and the original Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where King was baptized and both his father Martin Luther King, Sr., and he were pastors. These places, critical to the interpretation of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., and his legacy as a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement, were included in the National Historic Site when it was established on October 10, 1980.

In total, the buildings included in the site make up 35 acres (0.14 km²). The visitor center contains a museum that chronicles the American Civil Rights Movement and the path of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. An 1894 firehouse (Fire Station No. 6) served the Sweet Auburn community until 1991, and now contains a gift shop and an exhibit on desegregation in the Atlanta Fire Department. The “I Have a Dream” International World Peace Rose Garden, and a memorial tribute to Mohandas K. Gandhi are part of the site, as is the “International Civil Rights Walk of Fame” which commemorates some of the courageous pioneers who worked for social justice.

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is a 2,965 acre National Battlefield that preserves a Civil War battleground of the Atlanta Campaign. Opposing forces maneuvered and fought here from June 19, 1864 until July 2, 1864. Although most famous as a Civil War battlefield, Kennesaw Mountain has a much richer story. It is located at 905 Kennesaw Mountain Drive, between Marietta and Kennesaw.

Get Outdoors and experience the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area as you have never done before. Today the river valley attracts us for so many reasons. Take a solitary walk to enjoy nature’s display, raft leisurely through the rocky shoals with friends, fish the misty waters as the sun comes up, or have a picnic on a Sunday afternoon. You can access the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area from Vinings, Wildwood, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Peachtree Corners, Johns Creek, Duluth and Suwanee.

The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

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Aaron Hofmann is the founder of AllAboutAtlantaHomes.com and also a Realtor with Atlanta Communities focused on the Atlanta real estate market. Aaron is a transplant from the Midwest (amazingly not a native Atlantan) and has lived in Atlanta for over 20 years and has developed a love for this city and desire to share with current and new Atlanta residents.

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