Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2023, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.
Before visiting a park, please check the park website to determine its operating status.
Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2023:
- January 16: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- April 22: First day of National Park Week
- August 4: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
- September 23: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
National parks are America’s Best Idea, and 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 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all of the time. Plan your visit and enjoy our country’s history and nature.
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. Fee-free days make parks accessible to more people. However, national parks are always economical, with entrance fees that range from $3 to $30. In addition, any fourth grade student can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program, and active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes. For more information about the variety of discounted passes available, please visit the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass page.
Parks listed below waive their entrance fees on nationally designated fee free dates.
– Assateague Island National Seashore
– Colonial National Historical Park – at Historic Jamestowne, the NPS portion of admission will be waived. General admission for adults (16+) that day will be $15 (usually $30). (But the museum fee is waved on MLK Day Jan 16, 2023)
– George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Great Falls Park
– Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
– Prince William Forest Park
– Shenandoah National Park
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Antietam National Battlefield
Assateague Island National Seashore
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park