national parkThe U.S. National Park Service designates Free National Park days throughout the year for the 120 national parks that charge a fee. That means the majority of the 400+ national parks are actually free every day!

Get these free admission dates on your calendar:

  • January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • April 21 (first day of National Park Week)
  • September 22 (National Public Lands Day)
  • November 11 (Veterans Day weekend)

Texas is home to several national parks, preserves, and historic sites that are offering free admission: Big Bend National Park, Fort Davis National Historic Site, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, San Antonio Missions (National Historical Park), Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, Big Thicket National Preserve, and Padre Island National Seashore. Find the complete listing online.

Free and discount annual passes are available for the military, seniors, and 4th graders:

  • Folks over age 62 can purchase a Senior Pass for $10 that provides lifetime membership to national parks.
  • Military can get a free annual pass.
  • 4th graders can get an Annual 4th Grade Pass for free admission during the 4th grade year (September 2015 – August 2016).
  • The public can purchase an annual pass for $80.