Free Entrance to All National Parks on April 22nd

National Parks Free Entrance Days in 2023

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National Parks Free Entrance Days in 2023

The National Park Service has announced five dates for 2023 when sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. The free admission days are designed to encourage discovery and visitation of the country’s variety of national parks. With at least one in every state, national parks are accessible places to visit to refresh body, mind and spirit.

Mark your calendar for these National Parks free entrance days for 2023:

  • January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr Day  
  • April 22 – First day of  National Park Week  
  • August 4 – Great American Outdoors Day  
  • September 23 – National Public Lands Day   
  • November 11 – Veterans Day  

Death Valley National Park

National Parks

National parks have something for everyone. Recreational experiences can range from a relaxing picnic to a thrilling white-water adventure and everything in between, including walking, camping, fishing, stargazing, swimming and paddling. Demonstrations and programs at cultural sites connect us with traditions from the past. Notable people and their contributions to society are remembered at historical sites. Chances to view wildlife in their natural habitats and see geological wonders provide lasting memories.

There are more than 400 parks available to everyone, every day. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the 110 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all the time. The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

For more free things to do, also check out Bank of America’s Museums on Us, free entrance to state parks in California, and all the free things you can do in New York City.

Yosemite National Park

National Parks Pass

If you want to visit more parks during the year, then look for an Annual pass. The annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current members of the military, families of fourth-grade students, and disabled citizens. Learn more about the variety of passes offered by the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass series.

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