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Have you been thinking about getting out of town? Want to enjoy the summer while it is still here? Need some motivation? Free admission to National Parks across the country might be just the extra push you need!

On August 25th, the National Park Service will be celebrating 97 years of service by waving entrance fees to national parks across the country. (Note: Fee waiver only covers park entrance fee and does not include other amenities or user fees such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.)

“National parks and other public lands are becoming increasingly important for both our mental and physical health; in our fast-paced world, they provide places for good, old-fashioned social networking with others – places where we can relax and unwind, where we can experience new and different things, and where we can easily share thoughts and communal activities.” – Jonathan B. Jarvis, National Park Service Director

You may be surprised to find that a National Park may be in your own backyard or only a few hours’ drive away. Check out the National Park Service website and Tripleblaze.com to find a park near you, and start planning your weekend adventure today. The National Parks Foundation has also set up npsbirthday.org to help you plan your own personal National Park Service birthday trip and attend special activities and events planned perfect for the family.

Other Fee Waiver Days:

Date Event Agency Participating
August 25 National Park Service Birthday National Park Service
September 28 National Public Lands Day National Park Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
US Forest Service
October 13 National Wildlife Refuge Week Fish & Wildlife Service
November 9 – 11 Veterans Day weekend National Park Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
US Forest Service

Other ways to save:

The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass Program offers annual and lifetime passes to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Below is a summary of each pass, but be sure to check out the National Park Service website for more information.

Pass Type Fee Requirements
Annual Pass $80.00 Available to everyone
Free Annual Pass (US Military) Free Available to U.S. Military members and dependents
Senior Pass (Lifetime) $10 U.S. Citizen or permanent residents 62 years or older
Access Pass Free U.S. Citizen or permanent resident with permanent disabilities
Volunteer Pass Free Must log 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program
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