Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
House tours are free on Saturday, April 21!
America's Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge an entrance fee. On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2018:
- January 15: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- April 21: First day of National Park Week
- September 22: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
Come experience the national parks! Start by checking out Hyde Park's Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites FREE on Saturday, April 21! Yes, house tours are free of charge to all!
May 1 – October 31, Top Cottage, FDR’s retreat
Have you vowed to get outdoors and unplug? There's no better place than a national park to help refresh and refuel. Who doesn’t want to spend more quality time with loved ones? Parks offer outstanding recreational opportunities, making them perfect places to appreciate our beautiful land, American history and culture, and cultivate a healthy lifestyle.
There are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a marvelous chance to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the national parks that normally charge an entrance fee; the others are always free. Most Americans live within a few hours of a park, making them places for easy and affordable vacations any time of the year. In tough economic times, fee-free days give families several occasions to enjoy our nation's heritage and natural scenic beauty in meaningful and affordable ways.
Fee-free days make parks accessible to more people. However, national parks are always economical, with entrance fees ranging from $3 to $30. Did you know that any fourth grade student can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program? Active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes. A Senior Pass is now $80; see more information about changes to the Senior Pass. For information about the variety of discounted available, visit the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass page.
The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other charges such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.