State parks offering free admission to mark anniversary

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — To mark the 100-year anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson’s creation of the National Park Service, all of New Hampshire’s day-use state parks are offering free admission.

Visitors to New Hampshire’s 29-day-use state parks and lone national park will be admitted for free on Thursday by saying “Happy Birthday” to park staff at their respective entrances.

Admission to the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, the state’s national park for the arts, will remain free all weekend to celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial. Normal admission to the 200-acre park in Cornish is $7.

Philip Bryce, director of the state Division of Parks and Recreation, called the centennial a unique opportunity to recognize the importance of the parks.

A list of parks offering free admission on Thursday can be found at nhstateparks.org.

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