Free National Parks Day 2018
*It’s National Public Lands Day tomorrow, Saturday September 22, 2018, so that means free admission to the National Parks!
The National Parks have announced the FREE National Parks Days for 2018! 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!
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!
There are so many amazing national parks in the country – make sure to check out the Best National Parks for Kids
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 2018-2010 School Year:
Don’t forget about FREE admission to National Parks & Federal Lands for all 4th graders this year from September 1st 2018 – Aug 31, 2019. We did this last year & got to visit some awesome National Parks with our girls including Crater Lake, Olympic, Redwoods, and Mt Rainier.
Here are the Free National Parks days schedule for 2018:
(This is the current released schedule. It includes fewer free days then we have seen in the past (nothing in Feb. or Aug. in the current schedule, and the National parks week is only offering one free day so far this year, vs two weekends in years past). We will keep an eye on the schedule to see if they add any more days in)
- January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- April 21: First day of National Park Week
- September 22: 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!).