free national park days

If you’ve ever visited a park, you know how relaxing it can be. Now imagine visiting some of the best parks America has to offer. The National Parks Service of the United States has free days to attend these national parks on national holidays, and you are one of the lucky citizens that can take part. So, go out and adventure on one of the days listed below for safe, socially distant fun. You deserve it!


Free Admission To National Parks In 2020

Every year, there are several free admission days to national parks and recreational lands across the country. This year’s free national parks day schedule is as follows:

Monday, January 20: MLK Day

Saturday, April 18: 1st Day of National Park Week (Junior Ranger Day)

Tuesday, August 25: National Park Service Birthday

Saturday, September 26: National Public Lands Day

Wednesday, November 11: Veterans Day

There won’t be any admission fees for entry on these days but fees may apply for campers planning to stay onsite.


Free Admission To National Parks In Texas In 2020

Texas has a number of beautiful national parks, and free admission days are the perfect excuse to take a road trip from Austin to visit some of them.

Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
Amistead National Recreation Area
Big Bend National Park
Big Thicket National Preserve
Chamizal National Memorial
El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail
El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail
Fort Davis National Historic Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
Padre Island National Seashore
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park
Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
Waco Mammoth National Monument


Ways to Get in Free or Cheap During Normal Hours

Free passes and discounted passes are available for senior citizens, military members, disabled persons, and fourth-grade students. For more information on how to get your passes click here.

When you visit a national park, it helps in conservation efforts and supports put in place by the National Parks Service of the United States. Some of the most beautiful parks in America are in Austin so make sure to go and check them out and see what these picturesque parks have to offer.

To learn more about free entrance days at national parks, visit the official website.