Two parks team up in effort to lure families outdoors at holiday time.
Washington’s two most-visited national parks, Olympic and Mount Rainier, are joining to offer free entry on Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving, in celebration of the holiday and as a way to encourage healthy outdoor time.
“The day after Thanksgiving is a great time for fresh air and a little exercise,” Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said in an email. “Thanksgiving is a time-honored American tradition, and we invite families to create new traditions by enjoying a fee-free day at two of the Northwest’s premier national parks.”
The parks offer family-friendly outdoor options including beaches, trails through lowland forests and snowshoeing in the mountains. This free day is an addition to the nine annual fee-free days offered at all national parks.
Despite recent storm impacts, most park areas are scheduled to be open on the day after Thanksgiving. The Olympic National Park Visitor Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Hoh Visitor Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Weather permitting, Hurricane Ridge Road is scheduled to be open during daylight hours.
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“We’re calling the day after Thanksgiving ‘Green Friday’ at Olympic National Park,” said Creachbaum.
At Mount Rainier National Park that Friday, the Longmire Museum will be open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“National Park Service employees and partners work all year to ensure that the country’s most treasured places and stories are protected and available for visitors to experience first-hand,” Mount Rainier National Park Deputy Superintendent Tracy Swartout said in the email. “This year we want our visitors to know how thankful we are that they also care about their parks.”