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The National Park Service turned 100 years old last August! Know what that means for 2017? There are ten free entrance days for all 120 national parks that otherwise charge admission, listed here. Time to grab your hiking boots and get out there!
Even though one free entrance day has come and gone (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), there are still nine left to take advantage of:
- February 20: Presidents’ Day
- April 15-16: First weekend of National Park Week
- April 22-23: Second weekend of National Park Week
- August 25: National Park Service’s Birthday
- September 30: National Public Lands Day
- November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
The waived fee applies to entrance, commercial tour and transportation entrance fees but not to reservation, camping, tours, concession or third-party fees (unless otherwise noted).
The great news is that even aside from these days, about 280 of the 400 parks are free to everyone every single day of the year — and the rest only charge anywhere from $3-$30 for entry. There’s also free entrance across the board for all fourth grade students through the national Every Kid in a Park program, and those who are on active military duty or are permanently disabled receive free admission as well. There are a number of different passes available, providing lots of opportunities to enjoy our nation’s green spaces — because everyone should!
Find a park close to you or somewhere you’d love to visit, and of course, bring your Bug Protector along!