Over four hundred of America’s national parks are free everyday. But 118 of them aren’t. Luckily, the park system does offer free days, so you can go enjoy our beautiful country while remaining completely and totally frugal.
National Park Free Entrance Days for 2017
This weekend is one of those times. On Saturday and Sunday, you can get into any national park for free. Here are the rest of the free days for 2017:
April 22-23, 2017
All of the free days in April are in celebration of National Parks Week.
August 25, 2017
Parks will be open for free in recognition of the National Park Service’s Birthday.
September 30, 2017
Admission will be free in honor of National Public Lands Day.
November 11-12, 2017
Enjoy some of that free fall foliage on Veterans’ Day Weekend.
Which National Parks require an entrance fee?
I’ve been lucky to travel a good bit in my time. National parks always bring such a sense of awe and wonder. It’s one thing to wander around in the wood in your backyard. It’s a completely different thing to spend time in pristine, protected wilderness.
Some of my favorites national parks that will be waiving their fees on free days are:
- Acadia National Park in Maine
- Yellowstone in Wyoming/Idaho
- The Badlands in South Dakota
- The Wright Brothers Memorial in North Carolina
- Arches National Park in Utah
- Fort McHenry National Memorial/Historic Site in Maryland (This is where the lyrics to our national anthem was written.)
There’s a ton of others, too. I was surprised to find the ones in my own back yard that I never knew existed. To find some near you, you can check out the National Park Service’s website.
Free National Park Admission in Canada
If you happen to be visiting our neighbors to the north, you should know they have some pretty amazing national parks, too. Canada is celebrating it’s 150th birthday this year, and in honor of that fact, they are giving away national park passes for free.
The only catch?
We’d love to hear about your national park experiences! Tell us about them in the comments section.