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Free National Parks Day: “National Public Lands Day” | 2018

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks | 2018

Sometimes you’ve just got to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to enjoy the serenity of a national park. On certain “fee-free” days throughout the year, enjoy free entrance to all national parks and monuments including Muir Woods and Yosemite National Park and free admission aboard all of the historic vessels at the Hyde Street Pier of SF’s Maritime National Historical Park.

Free National Parks Day
Participating California National Parks:

  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Lava Beds National Monument
  • Muir Woods National Monument Starting 1/16/18 – parking ($8) / shuttle ($3) reservations are required, even on “free” days. – Shuttles pick up in Sausalito, Marin City Hub and Pohono Park & Ride – Get shuttle info
  • Pinnacles National Park
  • San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park – Hyde Street Pier historic vessels free of charge
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
  • Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
  • Yosemite National Park

Check out all the fee-free national parks in the nation.

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks | 2018

The National Park Service now offers four free days a year, down from 10 previously. All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

  • January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 19: Presidents’ Day – No longer a free day starting in 2018
  • April 21: First day of National Park Week – Just one free day starting in 2018, down from four in previous years
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday – No longer a free day starting in 2018
  • September 22: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day – Just one free day starting in 2018, down from two in previous years

The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

In addition, any fourth grade student can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program, and active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes. For more information about the variety of discounted passes available, please visit the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass page.


Event Details


Cost: FREE*
*The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours. Although the entrance fee is waved, paid parking/shuttle reservations required for Muir Woods even on free days.
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, Charity & Volunteering, Event, Kids & Families, San Francisco Bay Area, Sports & Wellness

Saturday, September 22, 2018

All Day   Smithsonian’s 14th Annual Free Museum Day | 2018  FREE*
*Museum ticket required from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
All Day   Free National Parks Day: “National Public Lands Day” | 2018  FREE*
*The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours. Although the entrance fee is waved, paid parking/shuttle reservations required for Muir Woods even on free days.
All Day   The Exploratorium’s Community Free Saturday | Pier 15  FREE*
*Pay what you can - you may choose to enter for free or can choose to pay any amount should you have the means or desire to do so.
10:00 am   Oakland Free Guided Walking Tours | Chinatown  FREE*
*Reservations are recommended by leaving a message on the Tours’ 24-hour hotline at (510) 238-3234 or via email to aallen@oaklandnet.com
10:00 am   Free Guided Hike of San Bruno Mountain | Brisbane  FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required. Donations encouraged but not required
11:00 am   Family Day by the Lake: Free Kayaking & Climbing Wall | Lake Merced  FREE
All Day   2018 San Francisco Map Fair | SF  FREE
11:30 am   San Francisco Shih Tzu Meetup Group | Alta Plaza Park  FREE
2:00 pm   Free Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream | SF  FREE
6:30 pm   Zoovie Night: “Bolt” | Oakland Zoo  $7*
*Pre-registration is required. $7 per person. $6 per person for groups of 4 or more.
7:15 pm   Film Night in the Park 2018 Finale: “Black Panther” | Dolores Park  FREE*
*Free, but donations are appreciated.
7:30 pm   Drunkathalon: Free Comedy, Heckling & Cosplay | PianoFight  FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
9:05 pm   Final of 2018: Free A’s Post-Game Fireworks Show | Oakland  FREE*
*Free to watch the fireworks outside of the Coliseum.
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