Free Entrance Days Everglades National Parks

America's Best Idea - the national parks - is even better when it's free!

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free* dates in 2016

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•January 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

•April 16-24
National Park Week

•August 25-28
National Park Service Birthday

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•September 24
National Public Lands Day

•November 11
Veterans Day


*Fee waiver includes entrance fees collected at the Homestead and Shark Valley Entrances. Other fees such as camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties for boat and tram tours or permitted tour guides are not included.


If you're planning to visit the Everglades regularly, you may want to consider an Everglades National Park Annual Pass at a cost of $40. This annual pass is valid for 12 months starting from the date of purchase and is good for unlimited visits to the park. These can be purchased at the Homestead and Shark Valley entrance stations or the Gulf Coast and Flamingo Visitor Centers.

Only 133 of our country's 401 national parks charge an entrance fee. Start planning your visit! If you're planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in total. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online.

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