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Get Out and Enjoy Free Entry Days at U.S. National Parks near Orlando

The National Park Service offers number of the entrance fee-free days throughout the year. On these days, everyone is invited to experience the magic and wonder of national parks for free!



National parks are wallet-friendly options year-round. More than 300 of the country’s more than 400 national parks are free to enter every day, and in Florida there is 10 national parks including Canaveral National Seashore, the longest stretch of undeveloped Atlantic Coastline in the sunshine state, and it's only a one hour drive from Orlando.


Detailed information about things to do and see in each park is available on NPS.gov and the NPS app.


The cost to enter parks with entrance fees ranges from $10 to $35. The funds remain in the National Park Service and 80-100% stays in the park where collected. The revenue supports visitor services, including enhancing accessibility, restoring wildlife habitat, and providing ranger programs, and adding or upgrading restrooms, campgrounds, trails, and other facilities.


The fee waiver for the fee-free days applies only to National Park Service entrance fees and does not cover amenity or user fees for camping, boat launches, transportation, special tours, or other activities.


The annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass covers entry at more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks.



The entrance fee-free days for 2024 are:


  • January 15 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  • April 20 – First Day of National Park Week

  • June 19 – Juneteenth

  • August 4 – Great American Outdoors Day

  • September 28 – National Public Lands Day

  • November 11 – Veterans Day


In addition to Canaveral National Seashore, Florida is home to the Gulf Islands National Seashore, Fort Matanzas National Monument, Big Cypress National Preserve, and more.


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Free Entry Days at U.S. National Parks near Orlando

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