Explore amazing places, discover open spaces and enjoy an affordable vacation! Every year during the month of April, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation invite everyone to celebrate America's treasured places during National Park Week.
As a part of the celebration, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission April 15–16 and 22–23.
There are more than 400 national parks in the country, with 117 that normally charge an entrance fee. Those fees range between $3 and $30 at any given park, according to NPS.
The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.
Here are a few highlights during National Park Week:
April 15: Junior Ranger Day – Calling kids of all ages! Earn a Junior Ranger badge at one of the many fun programs happening at parks across the country.
April 22: Earth Day – Join a volunteer project or simply enjoy the natural wonders and wildlife preserved in national parks.
April 23: Park Rx Day – Get healthy and active in a national park with a ranger-led program or with family and friends. Learn more about Park Rx Day.
To find a park in North Carolina, click here.
To find a park in South Carolina, click here.
For more information on National Park Week, click here.
Other free entrance days in 2017 include:
Aug. 25: National Park Service Birthday
Sept. 30: National Public Lands Day
Nov. 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
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