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Visit a national park for free on August 14 and 15

Local musicians play at the Blue Ridge Music Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Local musicians play at the Blue Ridge Music Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
David Muenker

The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees on August 14 and 15. Depending on the park, you save from $3 to $25. You can choose among 392 parks in 49 states to visit. (146 of the parks charge entrance fees; the other 246 are free year-round.)


Several will be holding free events. Here’s a sampling of what you can enjoy:

  • Fun on the water. Several parks will offer ranger-led programs that include free instruction and equipment loans. Enjoy snorkeling at Cape Cod, kayaking at DeSoto, or canoeing in Congaree or Big Cypress. Or you can simply enjoy relaxing by the water in one of the 50 parks with beaches.

A complete list by park or state is available on the National Park Service website.

Remember, the entrance fee free waiver does not include other fees collected in advance or by contractors—such as fees charged for camping, reservations, tours and use of concessions.

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