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2017 free days in national and state parks

Florida residents are lucky. No matter where you live in the state, a national park is only a few hours away.

This year, entrance fees to some park have risen. It’s $25 per car to enter Everglades National Park — up from $10 in years past.

Free days for national parks for 2017 will be:

 

Date Event Agency Participating
Jan. 16, 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day National Park Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Feb. 20, 2017 President’s Day National Park Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
April 15-16 and 22-23 Weekends of National Park Week National Park Service
Aug. 25, 2017 National Park Service Birthday National Park Service
Sept. 30, 2017 National Public Lands Day National Park Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
US Forest Service
Nov. 11-12, 2017 Veterans Day weekend National Park Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
US Forest Service

The fee waiver does not cover expanded amenity or user fees for things such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

Other National Parks in Florida with entrance fees that will be waived:

Wildlife refuges where fees are waived on some free days:

There are never any entrance fees to these parks:

Free days in Florida state parks:

Sept. 8 – International Literacy Day – Admission is waived for anyone who has a library card, a book checked out from the library or donates a new or gently used, family-friendly book at any state park.

Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day

 

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8 Comments

  1. Jack smith says:

    Anyone have any info about the “senior passes” for national parks? I purchased a pass MONTHS ago & haven’t had a response.

    Any ideas on who I can contact?

    • Bonnie Gross says:

      Jack,

      I have read that the demand for these passes at the government website has resulted in a nine-week back up in fulfillment. I have not found contact information, however. — Bonnie

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  4. jim rosso says:

    I ASKED WHAT DAYS WERE FREE FOR FL STATE PARKS and DID NOT GET ANY ANSWER. IF THIS YEAR THERE ARE NO DAYS PLEASE SAY SO.

  5. What a great list to have! I’d like to add that if you’re planning to visit the Canaveral National Seashore on one of the free days between Nov-April the park opens up its backcountry camping during that time of year. You still have to pay for the camping site though. If you’re into primitive camping on the beach, this is an undeveloped and beautiful stretch of beach you should put on your list to visit!
    http://www.nbbd.com/godo/cns/Brochures/bccamping.pdf

  6. Great list for referencing!

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