Here’s a big deal: The National Park Service offers four fee-free days in 2019. On these FREE days at U.S. National Parks, you’ll pay nothing to get in to 133 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.
Free Days at U.S. National Parks
- 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)
Find a Park by going to the National Park Service website and using the search tool or interactive map. You can search for parks in your state or parks that feature activities you like, such as camping, fishing or hiking, as well as educational programs and historic sites.
If you are planning a road trip this year, consider including a national park on a fee-free day to your itinerary. Here’s an article from our sister site, Living on the Cheap, that highlights several vacation-worthy national parks.
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 (affiliate link).
Kansas National Parks that are always free
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, which is waived if you have the Kansas State Parks Pass.)
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.
National Preserve in Kansas
You’ll find in the Flint Hills of Kansas the largest and last stand of tallgrass prairie in the entire world.
- Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Strong City, KS
National Historic Sites in Kansas
See where some of the biggest moments in history happened, right here in Kansas.
- Brown v. Board of Education in Topeka, KS
- Fort Larned
- Fort Scott
National Historic Trails that run through KS
American settlers left their mark in Kansas in the form of rutted wagon trails, buildings, and even towns.
- Lewis & Clark
- Oregon Trail
- California gold rush
- Pony Express
- Santa Fe Trail
More articles you may be interested in:
- Lifetime Senior National Parks Pass
- State Park Passport
- Free annual pass to National Parks for 4th graders and their families
- Free Fishing Weekend in Kansas
- Free Entrance to Kansas State Parks
- Free America the Beautiful Pass for military and dependents