2019 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 is going up again in 2019.

Starting Jan. 10, 2019, Everglades National Park will increase from $25 to $30 per vehicle for seven days. Individual entrance fees will increase from $8 to $15 and the park’s annual pass will cost $55.

Here are days when Everglades National Park, and various other parks, will be free in 2019:

 

Date Event Agency Participating
Jan. 21, 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Day National Park Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
U.S, Forest Service
Feb. 18, 2019 President’s Day U.S. Forest Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
(Note: unlike past year, the national parks are not free)
April 20, 2019 First day of National Park Week National Park Service
Aug. 25, 2019 National Park Service anniversary National Park Service
Sept. 28, 2019 National Public Lands Day National Park Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
US Forest Service
Nov. 11, 2019 Veterans Day National Park Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
US Forest Service
Florida State Parks

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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    We have purchased the senior pass at a gate to National Park.

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    Jack smith

    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?

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      Bonnie Gross

      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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    jim rosso

    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.

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      There are two fee-free days for Florida State Parks this year.

      One is past (Sept. 8) and the other coming up: Tuesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

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    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

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    Great list for referencing!

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