The 101st birthday of the National Park Service is August 25, 2017, which means it’s a free entrance day at parks that normally charge a fee. You’ll have two more chances after that: September 30: National Public Lands Day, and November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend.
According to the National Park Service, national parks are “America’s Best Idea,” and we have to agree–especially on days when the entrance fee is waived. Not all of the 400-plus parks charge an entrance fee. Here are the ones that do: national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees, but you’ll still have to pay for camping, tours, concessions, etc.
Did you know that fourth-grade students can get free annual passes through the Every Kid in a Park program? Active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes. For more information about discounted passes, visit the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass page.