5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week

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Free National Parks Day

It's a nationwide birthday celebration, and you're invited. The National Parks Service marks its 98th birthday with a free entrance day for visitors of its parks and recreational areas across the country. Our Grand Canyon State is home to three, including its namesake. The Petrified Forest National Park and Saguaro National Park round out the trio when it comes to officially designated parks. Lucky for Arizonans, however, our state is also full of a variety of national monuments, historic areas, and protected areas -- all of which fall under the umbrella of this annual birthday freebie.

See also: 18 Arizona Parks and Monuments to Visit on Free National Parks Day

Take advantage of the great outdoors during park hours on Monday, August 25. The statewide event is open to the public. Fee waiver includes entrance and transportation fees, but other fees such as camping reservations and third-party tour fees will still be collected. Visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm for a list of participating parks, hours of operation, and details. -- Janessa Hilliard

Location Info


Saguaro National Park East

3693 S. Old Spanish Trail Road, Tucson, AZ

Category: General

Wilde Meyer Gallery

4142 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

ASU Art Museum

51 E. 10th St., Tempe, AZ

Category: General


815 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

UNION at Biltmore Fashion Park

2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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