One of the great things about National Parks, National Monuments, National Recreation Areas, National Preserves, National Seashores and National Lakes is that several times a year the ones that charge entrance fees offer free access days. The National Parks free days for 2011 are as follows:
January 15 – 17 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday weekend)
April 16 – 24 (National Park Week)
June 21 (The first day of summer)
September 24 (Public Lands Day)
November 11 – 13 (Veterans Day weekend)
The 2011 free National Parks days are good for entrance fees, commercial tour fees and transportation entrance fees, but do not apply to other fees such as reservation fees, camping fees, tour fees, or concession fees. While national Parks are already a great value, National Parks free days make them even more so.
The 2012 National Parks free days have also been announced and as expected, they are quite similar to the 2011 free National Parks days with the main difference being the June fee free day which in 2011 was the first day of summer, but in 2012 will be on Get Outdoors Day in June.
January 14 – 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. weekend)
April 21 – 29 (National Park Week)
June 9 (Get Outdoors Day)
September 29 (National Public Lands Day)
Nov. 10 – 12 (Veterans Day weekend)