Last updated on January 9th, 2020 at 11:34 am

2020 free days national parks 2020 free days in national & state parks

Budget-minded travelers would be wise to take advantage of free days at national park, especially Everglades National Park, whose entrance fee will be $35 per vehicle for seven days in 2020. (The individual entrance fee is $20.)

Everglades National Park entrance is also free if you use the free trolley from Homestead on winter weekends and between Christmas and New Years. Here are the details. 

Here are days when Everglades National Park, and various other parks, will be free in 2020:

Date Event Agency Participating
Jan. 20, 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Day National Park Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
U.S, Forest Service
April 18, 2020 First day of National Park Week National Park Service
Aug. 25, 2020 National Park Service anniversary National Park Service
Sept. 26, 2020 National Public Lands Day National Park Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
US Forest Service
Nov. 11, 2020 Veterans Day National Park Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
US Forest Service
Florida State 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

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

Where does entrance fee money go at national parks?

Free or discounted passes to national parks are available for senior citizens, current members of the U.S. military, families of fourth grade students, and disabled citizens. Additionally, the annual America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks. Here’s more information.

About 80 percent of collected fees at a national park stay in that park, while the other 20 percent support National Park Service units that do not charge fees, such as Biscayne National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve. Of that 80 percent, at least 55 percent of the fees must be used to fund deferred maintenance projects in the park. Everglades National Park has plans over the next few years to improve visitor facilities and services, according to Everglades National Park Superintendent Pedro Ramos.

Some of the fee-funded projects at Everglades National Park include replacing channel markers and improving channel corridors in Florida Bay and the backcountry, bringing back accommodations and a restaurant in Flamingo  and reconstructing the Flamingo Visitor Center. Here’s more about visiting Flamingo.

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:

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