I love National Parks. We have an annual pass and try to go to as many as we can per year. The kids have the best times and Marty loves all things history. I probably shouldn’t have talked him out of a Bachelor’s Degree in it. Oops. We wrapped up our 2015 in 3 National Parks – Biscayne National Park, camped in Everglades National Park, and Big Cypress Preserve. Now we are planning our 2016 trips.
Big Cypress Reserve
Biscayne National Park
Night Sky at Everglades National Park
If you have never to been a National Park, this year will provide 16 days that the parks will be FREE. This is from their website:
The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and we want everyone to join the party! On 16 days in ’16, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.
Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2016:
January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
April 16 through 24: National Park Week
August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
September 24: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veterans Day
National parks are America’s Best Idea, and there are 409 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 127 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.