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:

 

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