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Free entrance to national parks on Saturday


Get in free at U.S. National Parks on Saturday, Sept. 29, as part of the park system's free entrance program. The park service is waiving fees to over 100 parks around the country to celebrate National Public Lands Day.

Parks on the Florida list: Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, Canaveral National Seashore, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Explore Shark Valley by tram or bike and see thousands of beautiful migratory birds and countless alligators sunning themselves long the 15-mile loop. Call 305-221-8455 or visit Everglades Guided Tour page for prices and times.

Take the Anhinga Amble, a free, ranger-led 50-minute tour down the Anhinga Trail where visitors can easily view alligators, wading birds and other wildlife. Tours are at 10:30 a.m. daily thorugh November. Meet at Royal Palm benches.

Learn more about South Florida’s fascinating Cold War history with a tour (offered December through April) of the Nike Missile Base inside Everglades National Park. Explore where the U.S. Army defended against Soviet and Cuban threats during the 1960s. The 1.5 hour, ranger-led expeditions start at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Other options include taking a bike or tram tour through Shark Valley or strolling down the Anhinga Trail.

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Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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