(MoneyHippo.com) – As America heads into summer, many people are looking for things to do, and free or low-cost options are at the top of the list. Luckily, National Parks host free visit days each year to help families more easily explore their offerings. In 2022, there are five days you can visit for no cost while taking advantage of the views, hiking trails, and wildlife observations in this beautiful country.
Unfortunately, the first free date was Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, so you’ll have to plan for next year. Additional dates to mark on your calendar include:
- April 16 (the first day of National Park Week)
- August 4 (the anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act)
- September 24 (National Public Lands Day)
- November 11 (Veterans’ Day)
Keep in mind crowds are likely in parks on those days, so plan accordingly.
Check with the National Park Service because the organization posts the annual free entrance days. You can also use the site to find a national park near you. According to the site, you can enjoy over 400 parks all over the country. The free entrance waiver doesn’t cover the amenities inside, so bring money for the day.
If you decide to visit multiple parks across the US on days other than the free entrance days, you might consider investing in an annual pass allowing you to enter over 2,000 recreational areas and national parks. Also, remember you can always volunteer at the parks to earn free entry all year long.
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