A new year soon will dawn, and an old tradition — fee-free days at America’s national parks — will continue.
Each year, the National Park Service waives entrance fees on special days. In 2019, those days will be:
- Jan. 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- April 20 – The first day of National Park Week
- Aug. 25 — National Park Service birthday
- Sept. 28 – National Public Lands Day
- Nov. 11 – Veterans Day
The National Park Service comprises 418 places. They include national parks as well as other types of sites — national monuments, battlefields and seashores, for example. To find the park nearest to you, visit the Park Service’s “Find a Park” page.
Most of the 418 sites do not charge entrance fees at any time. The 115 that do charge admission waive that cost on the entrance fee-free days.
Other types of fees, such as those for camping or special tours, still apply on free-entrance days.
Save money at national parks
There are many other ways to save money at national parks, regardless of when you decide to visit them.
For example, an annual pass that provides entrance to all federal lands is $80. According to the Park Service, it “allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks that normally charge an entrance fee.”
Admission to all parks will also continue to be free for children ages 15 and younger, as well as holders of the following types of passes:
- Senior Pass — which costs $80 for the lifetime version and $20 for the annual version
- Military Pass — a free pass for current U.S. military members and their dependents
- Access Pass — a free pass for U.S. citizens and permanent residents with permanent disabilities
- Volunteer Pass — a free pass for volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program
- Annual 4th Grade Pass — a free pass for fourth-graders, including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age, with a valid Every Kid in a Park pass.
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