free national park days

One of the best ways to spend a day off is visiting one of the beautiful national parks America has to offer. Luckily for US citizens, the National Parks Service opens its metaphorical doors for free for five days in 2020. This is an amazing chance to celebrate anything from a missed holiday, vacation, birthday, or even a special date! So, go out and enjoy the beautiful national parks and spaces on one of the days below.


Free Admission To National Parks In 2020

  • Monday, January 20: MLK Day
  • Saturday, April 18: 1st Day of National Park Week (Junior Ranger Day)
  • Tuesday, August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • Saturday, September 26: National Public Lands Day
  • Wednesday, November 11: Veterans Day

There won’t be any admission fees for entry on these days but fees may apply for campers planning to stay onsite.


Free Admission To National Parks In Texas In 2020

Texas is home to more than a dozen national parks and spaces, and free park days are a great excuse to take a road trip to experience any of these spots!


  • Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
  • Amistead National Recreation Area
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Big Thicket National Preserve
  • Chamizal National Memorial
  • El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail
  • El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail
  • Fort Davis National Historic Park
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  • Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
  • Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
  • Padre Island National Seashore
  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park
  • Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River
  • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
  • Waco Mammoth National Monument


Ways to Get in Free or Cheap During Normal Hours

If you can’t make it on one of the free National Parks days, there are still other ways you can save when visiting these parks.

For families including senior citizens, military member, disabled persons, or fourth-grade students, free and discounted passes are available at this link here. If you don’t qualify for any of these discounts, you can purchase an annual pass for $80 to enjoy entry to any National Parks around the country.

Visiting a national park helps conservation efforts and supports the National Parks Service of the United States, go out and do your part and experience some of the most beautiful and scenic places Texas and the U.S. has to offer!