Friday, September 24, 2010

Free National Park Entrance and Free Museum Admissions This Weekend

For a frugal family this weekend is one of the best to go and have some free and frugal fun. Not only is it Free National Park Entrance or National Public Lands Day on Saturday 25th, but it is also the 6th annual Smithsonian Free Museum Day tomorrow. Whether the weather is nice and you are up for some outdoors fun, or if you are the indoor type or the weather does not cooperate....there is something for you and your frugal family. Here at Florida Free and Frugal it all depends on the weather, but the kids and I will go explore.

In Florida the following national parks offer free entrance day from

Canaveral National Seashore
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
Dry Tortugas National Park
Everglades National Park
Gulf Islands National Seashore

For a complete list of National Parks that offers free park entrance this weekend go to the National Park Website.

You can find a Smithsonian Museum Day participating museum near you HERE.

To get your free ticket for the Smithsonian Museum Day, go HERE.  After you fill out the information and submit, a ticket will be sent to your email.  Make sure you print out your ticket to present on the 25th!

While you do get free entrance to museums as part of the Smithsonian Museum Day, there are a free limitations you should be aware of.

The Museum Day Ticket provides free admission to one person, plus a guest.
  • One ticket per household
  • A ticket will gain entry in only one museum and only participating museums
  • Only an official Museum Day ticket is eligible for free entry. Official tickets can be found here on the Museum Day website. Read more:
 In Florida the following museums are participating in the Smithsonian Museum Day Saturday September 25th.

Seminole Okalee Indian Village - Hollywood, Florida

Seminole Okalee Indian Village
In March the Seminole Okalee Indian Village in Hollywood, Florida celebrated its 50th anniversary. I had wanted to take my kids there for a while, but the entrance prices were too high for me to justify taking them. The anniversary celebration at the Seminole Okalee Indian Village was free, and since my dad was visiting from Europe, I figured it would be a great time to go.

Seminole Totem Pole

The Seminole Okalee Indian Village in Hollywood, Florida is a nice place to visit, if you are looking to learn about the Seminole's history in Florida, about their current lives and there is something for everyone. Despite living close to the Seminole reservation, it is not often that we get to experience the Native American culture, so this was a great time to teach my sons about the history of Native Americans in Florida.

Seminole Dream Catcher

The Anniversary celebration at the Seminole Okalee Indian Village included showcases of Seminole Indian handicrafts and artwork, as these were all judged and awarded. I was especially fascinated by the colorful, unique and handcrafted  Seminole patchwork clothing, Seminole Palmetto dolls and the talented woodwork. The artwork exhibited were colorful and magical, and I loved how you could tell a story just by looking at the paintings.


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