Here’s a big deal: The National Park Service offers four fee-free days in 2019. 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.
Make the most of your national parks vacation by booking a cottage or other vacation rental nearby. TripAdvisor has great reviews you can read before choosing the place you’ll stay, and these days you can book directly through TripAdvisor and get great deals.
2018 National Parks free days:
- January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- April 20: First day of National Park Week
- August 25 National Park Service Birthday
- September 28: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day (More info)
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 when I first learned 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. My family and I visited and took the bus tour one summer, and it was so worth the visit. We absolutely loved it, and it’s an easy day trip from Wichita.