FREE National Park Visits in 2021

By Kindle Rising, East Tucson Macaroni Kid January 8, 2021

These days one of the safest, most comfortable ways to spend time out of the house is in the great outdoors. America's National Parks and Monuments are a perfect destination for family fun and education. And there are several ways for your family to experience these national treasures for FREE!

Do you have a child in 4th grade this school year? 

Your whole family can benefit from the Every Kid Outdoors initiative, which allows 4th graders and their families to discover National Parks for free for an entire year (September 2020-August 2021). 

Do you have a 5th grader in the 2020-2021 school year? 

Because of closures and travel restrictions last spring and summer, many 4th graders missed out on their chance to use their free Every Kid Outdoors passes last year. Those now-5th-graders have the opportunity to get a voucher for free access to national parks and other federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior from October 28, 2020 through August 31, 2021.

2021 Schedule of Fee-Free Days at National Parks and Monuments

Even if you don't have a child in the grade range for free passes, you can visit National Parks and Monuments for free on any of the following days in 2021:

Monday, January 18 - Martin Luther King Day

Saturday, April 17 - First Day of National Park Week

Wednesday, August 4 - One year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act

Wednesday, August 25 - National Park Service Birthday

Saturday, September 25 - National Public Land Day

Thursday, November 11 - Veterans Day

Start planning your next great outdoor adventure now! Visit for inspiration, ideas, and the latest updates you'll need for planning your National Park visit.