Here Are All the Free National Park Days in 2022

Drif Riadh/Unsplash

With summer days dwindling, now is the perfect time to get out and explore a nearby national park. The National Park Service has announced its annual list of parks offering free entry on special days, which normally require a fee to get in. Keep scrolling to see all the details!


Videos From Tinybeans

So when can you get into the National Parks without paying? The 2022 free admission for everyone days include:

  • Mon. Jan. 17: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
  • Sat. Apr. 16: First day of National Park Week
  • Thurs. Aug. 4: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
  • Sat. Sep. 24: National Public Lands Day
  • Fri. Nov. 11: Veterans Day

With more than 400 parks across the country, there are plenty of parks to choose from. Whether you’re planning a fall foray, a winter getaway, a spring fling or a summer trip you can find a free admission day for every season.

Even though admission is free on these special days, other paid activities are not. You may need to pay amenity or user fees where applicable. These fees include the cost of activities such as camping, as well as boat launch, transportation or touring fees.

If the five annual free days don’t fit your schedule, some of the national parks are fee-free every day of the year (or at least every day they’re open). Some of the most notable entrance fee-free parks include:

—Erica Loop & Karly Wood


Best National Parks for Families
Camping Gear That Does Everything (Except Pitch the Tent)
The Best Under-the-Radar National Parks in Every State (& D.C.)



Trending Now

Welcome to our Tinybeans family!
Be sure to check your email for new activities, recipes and parenting hacks – and to see if you’ve won!








Enter to Win a $250 Gift Card!

Enter your email and zip code below for a chance to win a Mastercard Gift Card. We’ll pick one winner per month through December 31, 2022 – 9 lucky winners in all!

I agree to the official rules and to receive email communications from Tinybeans. By providing my email address, I agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.