Visit your favorite national parks and keep the admission fees in your wallet. In 2019, there are 5 free national park days where admission is free. So what are you waiting for? Get ready for an adventure with your family!
From coast to coast, there are more than 400 national parks for you and your family to enjoy. The U.S. National Park Service continues to connect people to the great outdoors. Since celebrating their 100 year anniversary in 2016, more Americans have headed to the national parks than ever before. Have you seen
Free National Park Days
This year there are 5 free national park days. These free days coincide with national holidays. The time has never been better to get out with your family and make a full extended weekend at a national park, recreation area, or monument. So mark your calendars now!
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day – January 21, 2019
- First Day of National Park Week – April 20, 2019
- National Park Service Birthday – August 25, 2019
- National Public Lands Day – September 28, 2019
- Veterans Day Weekend – November 11, 2019
On the free admission days listed above, you get fees are waived for park entrance and transportation entrance fees. Other fees for camping, tours, concessions, and those collected by third parties are not included. For those you'll have to pay the normal fee.
Related: Visiting Canada and want to explore a Parks Canada location? Children ages 17 and younger visit any of these National Parks free.
Visit the National Parks FREE
If you need a little inspiration to decide which US National Park you'll visit first, check out this National Park Service video.
4th Grade National Park Pass
There are a number of ways to get free annual parks passes too. One way is the popular 4th grad national park pass. Every fourth grader, from the time they start 4th grade through the following summer, can get this free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program. The pass is good for them and their family.
Military Members Get Free Admission
Active duty military members and their dependents also receive free annual national park
America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass mentioned above includes entrance fees to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all US national parks that charge an entrance fee outside the free National Park days. The annual pass also covers amenity and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas. For sites that charge person, the pass includes up to four adults. Children age 15 or under are admitted free.
National Park Fees
Outside of the free national park days, individual US National Park fees for admission range from $3 to $35. Find that admission price list here. If you plan to visit multiple parks or return several times, it saves money to buy an annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass for $80.
Visiting your favorite park on one of these free national park days is a great way to get outdoors and save some money. If you qualify for one of the free park passes, you can get out even more.
Before you start planning your next visit to one of the National Parks, read up on these other national parks article:
- 411 Before Visiting National Parks
- Tips for getting the most out of your National Park
- Tips for Camping in a National Park
These will help you have a family adventure outdoors that will be spectacular!! Which national park will you visit first?