Free National Parks Day 2016
*Don’t forget that this weekend is FREE admission at the National Parks!! Washington State Parks will be free today, Friday April 22, 2016 as well!
The National Parks have announced the FREE National Parks Days for 2016! On these Fee Free Days, you can get admission to National Parks and Forests or Wildlife Refuges across the US that usually charge fees to enjoy. There are many that are free all the time, but there are 107 parks for you to enjoy on these fee-free days. Such a great way to explore new parks or old favorites with your family on a budget!
The great news is that starting on Saturday April 16th – Sunday April 24th, 2016, there will be a whole week of FREE admission to the National Parks for National Park Week. This is a pretty special week this year as it’s the 100th birthday of the National Parks!!
I love these fee free days and we have some beautiful parks in the NW worth exploring. Pack a picnic to take on your trek and all you need is some gas to get there for a great money saving day out!
Even though it’s Spring, you can still enjoy some winter activities – check out our tips for Snowshoeing at Mt Rainier National Park.
Tips for Visiting National Parks During the Off-Season:
And if you’re wondering if it’s worth visiting National Parks during the off-season, make sure to check out our tips for visiting the National Parks during the Off-Season. It can be a great time to visit as you don’t have all the crowds but can still experience the beauty of the parks & hidden gems you may not have otherwise found.
*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.
Free Admission to National Parks & Federal Lands for 4th Graders in 2015-2016 School Year:
Don’t forget about FREE admission to National Parks & Federal Lands for all 4th graders this year for 2015-2016 from September 1st 2015 – Aug 31, 2016.
Here are the Free National Parks days schedule for 2015-
- January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- April 16 through 24: National Park Week
- August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
- September 24: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
Looking for a suggestion on where to go? Read about my family trip to Mt. Rainier National Park (pictures included!).
Do you have a favorite National Park you would like to recommend to the rest of us? Leave a comment below, or share on the Thrifty NW Mom Facebook page (you can even upload your favorite photo from your family’s trip there!).