The National Park Service is celebrating its 101st birthday by offering free entry to all of its 417 national parks on Friday, August 25 (see list of parks here)! This is a perfect time to explore any of the parks you’ve been wanting to check out—entry typically runs anywhere from $3 to $30!
The free entry doesn’t cover amenity or activities like camping, transportation or special tours. “From New York to Topeka to Honolulu and places in between, parks are in all corners of the United States and four U.S. territories,” Acting National Park Service Director Michael T. Reynolds says in a press release. “Our 101st birthday is the perfect time to explore parks and stories that may be new to you—whether it’s a park in your community or across the country.”
On top of free entry, the National Park Service also has special events planned, such as free concerts at Gateway National Recreation Area and Shiloh National Military Park, or Art in the Park at Obed Wild and Scenic River.
Other Days When You Can Get Free Entry to National Parks
- September 30: National Public Lands Day
- November 11–12: Veterans Day Weekend