free entry days to national parks

One of the best ways to spend a vacation or holiday is spending it at one of the beautiful national parks in your state. These parks are a great place to have safe, socially distant fun. And while it’s a great idea to visit these parks whenever you get a chance any time of the year, the National Parks Service has 5 special free days of admission in 2020, giving us a chance to explore for free!

Support conservation efforts by visiting one of the national parks in Texas (or anywhere else across the country, for that matter) on one of the 5 days below.


Free Entry Days To National Parks In 2020

Visit any national park across the United States for free on these 5 days in 2020:

Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King Day
Saturday, April 18: 1st Day of National Park Week (Junior Ranger Day)
Tuesday, August 25: National Park Service Birthday
Saturday, September 26: National Public Lands Day
Wednesday, November 11: Veterans Day

Please note that while admission is free on these 5 days, fees may still apply for campers planning to stay onsite or for those looking to do certain add-on activities.


A Guide to National Parks in Texas

There are more than a dozen national parks and federal recreational lands across the great state of Texas, and free park days give you a great reason to take a road trip to visit any of them.

Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
Amistead National Recreation Area
Big Bend National Park
Big Thicket National Preserve
Chamizal National Memorial
El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail
El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail
Fort Davis National Historic Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
Padre Island National Seashore
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park
Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
Waco Mammoth National Monument


More Ways to Visit National Parks on the Cheap

Can’t make it out on a free entry day? There are still ways you can enjoy the national parks that do charge an admission fee (note that some parks are free year-round) on the cheap.

If you’re a senior citizen, military member, disabled person, or family of a fourth-grade student, click here to check out how you can get a free or discounted rate on your ticket to a national park!

You can also purchase an America the Beautiful pass for $80 which gives you unlimited access to hundreds of national parks and recreational lands for one full year without any admission fees.

When you visit a national park, it helped contribute to conservation efforts and supports the National Parks Service.

Go out and visit some of the gorgeous parks the U.S. has to offer on your next vacay or celebration!