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Spotlight Thursday- Free Entrance Days to all 392 National Parks on Aug 14 & 15!

(Last Updated On: October 17, 2016)

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Have all our posts on kid-friendly National Parks inspired you to hit the road and take your kids to experience first hand some of the most fascinating places in America? Well, wait no more, because this is your chance to visit for free. Every year, there are a few weekends where the National Park Service waives entrance fees to it’s National Parks. One of those weekends is coming up on Aug 14-15. You’ll be able to get into all 392 National Parks in 49 states across America for FREE. That gives you just enough time to plan your last summer jaunt before the mad rush to prepare for “back to school”.

Cape Cod National Seashore – Photo by: Flickr/hdreisler

Although the parks may be more crowded during these fee-free weekends, there are good reasons to brave the crowds! In addition to the fee-free entrance, there will special events at most of the National Parks that weekend like Ranger-led programs with free instruction and equipment loans. So, whether you are up for snorkeling at Cape Cod National Seashore, kayaking at DeSoto, or canoeing in Congraree or Big Cypress, this is the time to do it.  Check out all the special deals park concessionaires are offering during fee-free weekends. 

  • Special Deals on Activities in National Parks
  • Special Events Going on at National Parks During Aug 14 and 15, Fee-Free Weekend

Battle Reenactment at Fort Stanwix – Photo by

Would you like to see firing demonstrations at a military encampment? They’ll be oiling their cannons and guns at Antietam, Gettysburg, Fort Laramie, Fort McHenry, Fort Vancouver, Fort Stanwix, Fort Matanzas, Kings Mountain, Wilson Creek, Kennesaw Mountain, and Yorktown.

Dancing at at National Park? Yup, you got that right! At San Juan Islands, the Pig War Band will be playing some tunes you can’t resist tapping your toes to. You will also find Cajun music at Jean Lafitte, Ojibwe music at Grand Portage, mountain music at Blue Ridge Parkway, folk songs at Carl Sanburg, classical music at Saint Gaudens and even dulcimer music on the Natchez Trace Parkway.

If you can’t make it in August, there are couple more dates coming up before the end of the year.  So plan ahead.

  • September 25, 2010 (Public Lands Day)
  • November 11, 2010 (Veterans Day)

Plan your trip to a National Park with reviews and tips from Trekaroo families:

Quick links to kid-friendly activities and lodging in:

Acadia National Park | Grand Canyon National Park | Olympic National Park | Rocky Mountain National Park | Great Smoky Mountains National Park | Yosemite National Park | National Monuments

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8 Responses to Spotlight Thursday- Free Entrance Days to all 392 National Parks on Aug 14 & 15!

  1. Suzanne from July 29, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    With airfares sky high (and no sign of coming down), this is a great year for a road trip to a national park.

  2. Mary T from Travel with Teens and Tweens July 29, 2010 at 11:48 am #

    Our post is about a summer’s eve stroll around Boston’s historic waterfront – even jaded teens enjoyed it!

  3. jessiev July 29, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    i love our national parks – this is a GREAT opportunity!

  4. Carol @NYCityMama July 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    Love the National parks. A wonderful way to experience a family retreat minus the extra expenses and distracting technology. And we sure have some beauties!

  5. Sheila Scarborough July 29, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    Thanks for the National Parks tips!

  6. Lorraine July 29, 2010 at 11:22 pm #

    Barely got in before the bells rang out at midnight. Thanks Spotlight Thursday!

  7. FamilyTravelMom July 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

    A Mom’s Backpack for Trips:

  8. debi9kids July 30, 2010 at 9:47 pm #

    I feel so ashamed that i have yet to take the kids to Gettysburg and yet I live in a few hours driving distance AND have a parks pass….
    I have got to get on the ball!
    Thanks for the reminder 🙂

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