If you’re looking to get free admission to National Parks this year here is a schedule for the year and how you can get a free pass for your family to visit all the parks too! Great program offered thru the government that allows students to sign up for a free National Parks pass their whole family can enjoy.
Did you know that you can get free admission to National Parks during certain days during the year PLUS your entire family can get in for free if you have a fourth grader!! That’s right, time your vacation or trip right and you could save the $25 entrance fee per park to visit it with your family! It is one of the money saving ideas we share on our road trip blog and will show you how to get your free pass here.
Here is the calendar for Free admission to National parks, as well as it being listed below, and a form to sign up if you have a child of qualifying ages. (originally published 1/16)
When you get Free admission to National Parks each year
(dates from 2018 calendar)
- January 15
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- February 20
- April 21st
opening weekend of National Park Week
- September 22nd
National Public Lands Day
- November 11
If you have a 4th grader, or child going into 4th grade, you can get a free National Parks pass for your entire family by filling out this form.
We used it last and this year to visit 3 parks for free, that’s a savings of $80 right there!
Your child qualifies if they are going into the fourth grade and since we had two right in a row we benefited for two years in a row.
The online form is easy to do and you just do it right at home, print out the voucher, and turn it in at the first National Park you visit. Then they give you this card that is good for 12 months after that. Since it costs $30 to enter each park that is huge savings if you travel a lot with your family.
Our family loves taking trips and enjoyed one a few summers ago right outside Zion National Park at the Ponderosa Resort, you can see the adventure we took here. It was not only a great place but when we took the day to visit Zion they provided us with a Free tram to see the National Park where we could get on and off as we chose…it was a great vacation.
There are so many great places to visit all around the US., and this is a great way to check out one you’ve been thinking about because the entrance would be free!
If you’re traveling to Yosemite, here is our post about what to do when you’re there with kids….one of our best vacations yet!!
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