SCRANTON — Effective Oct. 1, Steamtown National Historic Site will no longer charge a park entrance fee.
Since 2005, the National Park Service (NPS) charged a $7 admission fee for visitors age 16 years and older to the park. After conducting a detailed analysis of costs associated with collecting and managing park entrance fee revenue, it was determined by NPS regional fee program coordinators and park management that the park could increase visitation and reduce costs by not collecting admission to the site on a daily basis.
The park will continue to offer seasonal train rides for a fee. The fee for short train rides remains the same at $5 for all, ages 6 and older. Excursions to locations outside the park boundaries will also continue to have a fee.
Park management and staff are in the process of developing special programs in conjunction with other area museums. Those new programs may charge a fee, depending on what the presentation entails.