Free Entrance to National Parks on Martin Luther King Weekend

January 14, 2011, 11:09 am

Free SymbolThe National Park Service will waive entrance fees on January 15, 16 and 17 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This means FREE entry to more than 100 National Park Service sites across the country that normally charge admission fees, which range from $3 to $25. This weekend, seize this great opportunity to enjoy our nation's heritage and natural beauty in meaningful and affordable way.

"Visitors can literally walk in Dr. King's footsteps at national parks such as Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Georgia, Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama, or the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC," said National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis. "They are just a few of the dozens of national parks which trace the history of African Americans."

"Several parks will also honor Dr. King by hosting volunteer projects for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 17," added Jarvis. "It is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a day on, not a day off."

The free days in honor of the MLK holiday are just three of 17 fee-free days that will take place in 2011. With 394 national parks throughout the country, most Americans live within a few hours of a park, making them places for easy and affordable vacations any time of the year.

On fee-free days, many park partners will also offer discounts, saving visitors money on food, lodging, tours and souvenirs. There are also deals to be had in gateway communities located near the parks.

In addition to the parks waiving fees January 15-17, there are hundreds of other parks that never charge entrance fees. The entrance fee waiver does not include other fees collected in advance or by contractors—such as fees charged for camping, reservations, tours and use of concessions.

A full list of free parks and other discounts is available at