Here’s a big deal: The National Park Service twelve fee-free days in 2017. On these dates, FREE entrance is available to national parks across the country that normally charge a fee. During the fee-free days, the parks waive entrance fees, commercial tour fees and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservations, camping, tours, concessions and fees collected by third parties are not included in this promotion.
2017 National Parks free days:
- January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- February 20: Presidents’ Day
- April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
- August 25: National Park Service Birthday
- September 30: National Public Lands Day
- November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
Many of the national parks in Kansas, like the Tallgrass Prairie Nature Preserve, are always free. Truth be told, after searching the National Park Service website, I didn’t find any national parks in Kansas that do charge a fee. (State parks are distinct from national parks; many state parks do charge a small vehicle fee.)
But if you are planning a road trip this year, consider including a national park on your itinerary. Here’s an article from our sister site, Living on the Cheap, that highlights several vacation-worthy national parks.
And speaking of the Tallgrass Prairie Nature Preserve, I was surprised to learn that FREE 90-minute guided bus tours are available every day at 11 a.m. from the last Saturday in April through the last Sunday in October.