The American National Parks Service turns 100 years old this year, and that means you enjoy tons of benefits. All National Park Service sites will offer free admission to everyone for 16 days throughout the year. With 409 National Parks Service sites across the country, there are more unique places to visit than you’ll even have time to see on those special, fee-free dates.
What are the dates?
The fee-free dates for 2016 are spread throughout the year. They are as follows:
- January 18 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- April 16-24 — National Park Week
- August 25-28 — National Park Service Birthday
- September 24 — National Public Lands Day
- November 11 — Veterans Day
What do fee-free days include?
Fee-free days are some of the best days to visit National Parks Service sites. The fee waiver means you do not have to pay entrance fees, transportation entrance fees or commercial tour fees. Reservation fees, concessions, tours, camping fees and fees collected by third parties are not included in the waiver unless otherwise stated by the park.
Fee-free days make America’s best national parks available to everyone. Park entrance fees range anywhere from $3 to $30 per vehicle for some of the most famous parks. These 16 days encourage everyone to experience America’s best natural wonders without having to worry about the budget.
Other Affordable Options
If you’re unable to take advantage of the National Parks Service fee-free days, there are a number of other ways to enjoy reduced admission fees. All fourth grade students are welcome to a free annual pass through the NPS “Every Kid in the Park” program. Active duty military personnel and those with permanent disabilities are also allowed free access to the parks. Even more, families can buy an annual pass to the parks for one low monthly fee.