The National Park Service will turn 100 years old in 2016 and to celebrate will offer 16 days of free admission at all national parks.
The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and wants everyone to celebrate. All national parks will waive their entrance fees on 16 special days in 2016. On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that created the National Park Service “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for future generations.”
The 16 entrance fee-free days for 2016 will be:
January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
April 16 through 24 – National Park Week
August 25 through 28 – National Park Service Birthday (and following weekend)
September 24 – National Public Lands Day
November 11 – Veterans Day
The entrance fee waiver for the fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for things like camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.
There are more than 84 million acres in the National Park System which is comprised of 409 sites including national parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, national battlefields and national seashores. In 2014, almost 293 million people visited national parks and spent $15.7 billion dollars in those communities.
To get more information about events planned for the coming year, visit FindYourPark.com.
The $80 “America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass” allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 sites, including all national parks, throughout the year. There are also a variety of free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current military members, fourth grade students, and disabled citizens. For more information, check www.nps.gov.
Locally, you can visit Everglades National Park which encompasses 1.5 million acres across three Florida counties: Collier, Monroe and Miami-Dade.
For directions to the Gulf Coast entrance to Everglades National Park, click here.
For more information on Everglades National Park, click here.