Free National Parks Admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday Jan. 21

January 17, 2013 |  by  |  Free Admission

If you’re looking for something free to do on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday, check out our National Parks. On Monday, you don’t have to pay to enjoy nature, as 133 of the 398 National Parks that charge admission are free to all. The fee waiver on January 21 includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees but not camping reservations or fees to third parties.

Consider combining the free admission with discounts and special offers from park partners and neighboring businesses:
National Park Hospitality Association
National Parks Promotions Council

This is first fee-free day in 2013. There are fewer admission-free days this year than in years past, so be sure to check out the list of upcoming fee-free days below:

  • April 22-26
    five days during National Park Week
  • August 25
    National Park Service Birthday
  • September 28
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 9-11
    Veterans Day weekend

Free Fun Tip: 265 of the 398 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

If you’d like to visit multiple national parks this year, consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and other Federal land —  more than 2,000 total. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is also FREE to all active duty military members and their dependents.

Live Free!


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