The National Park Service is over 100 years old! How many of our beautiful national parks have you been to? Enjoy free admission to National Parks on special “free entrance days.” More than 100 national parks that usually charge admission will be free on these days.
There are over 400 national parks in all, and most are actually free every day. On special “free entrance days,” all parks are free. These dates are listed below.
- January 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- April 16: First day of National Park Week
- August 4: The Anniversary of the Signing of the Great American Outdoors Act
- September 24: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
The free days may be busy, so call ahead if you plan to camp overnight, and find out about reservations.
Be sure to check out the free annual passes to all parks for active duty military too.
Every Kid Outdoors
Every Kid Outdoors allows U.S. fourth graders and their family members free access to over 2,000 federal lands and waters. What a great opportunity to discover our nation’s wildlife, resources, and history. Every Kid Outdoors aims to create crucial connections to public lands and inspire a future generation of stewards for America’s spectacular national parks and other public lands.
To obtain a pass, fourth grade students can visit the bilingual Every Kid Outdoors website, participate in a short educational activity, and then download a paper voucher to print and bring with them to visit public lands and waters all across the country.
Every Kid Outdoors begins each year on September 1 and goes through August 31. Visit Every Kid Outdoors and get your free fourth grade pass today.
Park Service Educational Programs
Our national parks are here for us to enjoy, so find out which parks are near you, and plan your visit.
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