Get free entry to Washington’s state parks this Saturday, and maybe a free lunch while you’re at it.
In recognition of National Public Lands Day, a Discover Pass will not be required of visitors to any state park on Saturday, Sept. 28. The pass usually costs $10 a day or $30 a year and is required for parking in state parks.
National parks across Washington will also waive the $15-per-vehicle entry fee that day.
In addition, $5,000 worth of $5 gift cards to local Subway sandwich shops will be given to the first 100 visitors to select state parks. The gift cards will be available at these times and locations in the following state parks:
- Larrabee State Park, near Bellingham – 10 a.m., Welcome Center.
- Deception Pass on Whidbey Island – 6:30 a.m., Cranberry Lake park entrance
- Lincoln Rock in Douglas County – 8 a.m., entrance booth
- Lake Sammamish in Issaquah – 7 a.m., main park entrance
- Millersylvania near Olympia – 8 a.m., park office
- Twin Harbors in Grays Harbor County – 9:30 a.m., park office
- Belfair in Mason County – 9 a.m., entrance booth
- Dosewallips on the shore of Hood Canal in Jefferson County – 10 a.m., ranger station
- Fort Worden in Port Townsend – 9 a.m., park entrance
- Saltwater in King County – 8 a.m., at the park office
In addition, a program in partnership with Subway through the end of September honors Discover Passes at 406 Subway restaurants in Western Washington. Anyone showing a valid Discover pass will receive a free six-inch sandwich with a qualifying purchase.
Mount Rainier National Park invites the public to join in volunteer maintenance projects around the park Saturday, in cooperation with Washington Trails Association and National Parks Conservation Association. Registration for volunteer projects begins at the Longmire visitor center at 8 a.m. Volunteers will get a coupon good for another free entry to the park on a day of their choice. More information: www.nps.gov/mora.