The National Park Service is offering an incentive to explore national parks on August 25. In honor of the National Park Service’s 97th birthday, all national parks will offer free admissions. In the First Coast area, that includes Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia, the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and Fort Caroline National Memorial in Jacksonville, the Castillos de San Marcos National Monument and the Fort Matanzas National Monument in Saint Augustine. For hours and directions, check out the Park Service site, www.nps.gov.
Pete’s Bar in Neptune Beach–which was issued Duval County’s first liquor license after the repeal of Prohibition–is celebrating its 80th birthday on April 27. There’s no cover charge to come by and party with your neighbors and the Pete’s crew. There will be drink specials, live entertainment and door prizes from 2 p.m. until closing time Saturday.
Get into the Museum of Science and History (MOSH) free Saturday, February 2 and enjoy the annual Water Education Festival sponsored by the St. Johns Riverkeeper, the City of Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board and MOSH. Check out interactive displays and presentations, as well as regular exhibits. The fun starts at 10 a.m. and free admission goes on until 4 p.m.
Poochies Dog Park in Orange Park is celebrating Spring Dog Days by offering free admission to the park on Saturdays from 10 to noon for certain dog breeds and their owners. Call for details (the offer isn’t on the Poochies website), or check out the list of breed days on Beth Cravey’s blog in the Florida Times-Union.
Bead-heads will want to check out the Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show this weekend at the University of North Florida’s University Center. Click this link and get a coupon for free admission, which will let you browse and shop wholesale prices to your hearts content. The show is August 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Without the coupon, admission is $5 Saturday and $4 Sunday.