Did you know that there are 58 National Parks in the United States? And, for my fellow New Yorkers…did you know that there are 22 (yes 22!!) National Parks in the state of New York?!! There are 10 of them in New York City alone! I learned this and then a lot of other surprising and historical information when I attended the National Park Service‘s 100th Birthday Celebration at Brooklyn Bridge Park this week. The event, hosted by The National Park Foundation and The National Park Service, was a fun-filled day with music, (Ramblin Dan & the Free Wheelin’ Band had the crowd dancing and singing! ) crafts, free ice cream (from the fabulous Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory), learning and interactive stations, and lots of family-friendly activities! Now that’s what I call a Birthday Celebration!
You know what’s really great about the National Park Service 100th Birthday celebration? EVERYONE can be a part of the celebration!! There are a few ways for you to join in the celebration:
Visit the National Parks ~ From August 25th through August 28th there is FREE admission to the Parks.
Join the National Park Community ~ You’ll have access to guides, info, travel tips, and also much more!
Support the National Park Foundation ~ Help the preserve and continue the legacy of the National Parks by supporting and protecting these beautiful places.
Visiting National Parks
My family travels a lot and some of our most memorable vacations have been visiting National Parks. We always enjoy reconnecting while exploring and enjoying the outdoors. One of the best things about it for me is that my children are learning while having fun in the fresh air! They have an appreciation for nature and know the importance of taking care of the world we live in. One of my favorite travel memories was during our visit to Yosemite National Park. I was looking out over Glacier Point and could not believe the beauty that was surrounding me. My youngest daughter leaned over and then whispered “Mommy, Mother Nature is amazing isn’t she?” YES, yes she is, and she is never on finer display than in the National Parks. Here are a few of my favorite photos from some our National Park visits:
If you have not yet had the chance to visit any of the National Parks, then now is the time to #FindYourPark! Get out there with your family and then experience the beauty of the Parks for yourself…I guarantee you’ll want to visit ALL of them, once you do!
**Disclosure ~ I was invited to the #FindYourPark Event at Brooklyn Bridge Park by The Moms to help share information about the National Park Service 100th Birthday Celebration and I was compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own and honest.**