Visiting the National Parks for FREE


national parks for free

Do you have a fourth grader? Did you know that if you do, you can get your whole family into a ton of National Parks for free? This includes National Historic Sites and Waters too!

Thanks to the Every Kid in a Park Program, your fourth grade child can redeem a free pass for your entire family.

Just register your child here, print the pass, and plan your trip. The Pass can be used at hundreds of the most amazing places to visit with your family. What a great reason to visit some of our state’s National Parks, Waters and Monuments!

Here are 5 tips on using the Every Kid in a Park Pass.

national parks for free

  1. The pass is good for the 4th grade school year of your child. My 4th grade child’s pass will expire August 31st of this year.
  2. New fourth graders can get their pass starting September 1st.
  3. Don’t forget to print your pass to turn in at the Park Entrance. Some locations will trade in your paper pass for a card that you can use at any National Park for the year.
  4. The pass is good for three adults and all kids under the age of 16 visiting the park.
  5. Be sure to check that the site you would like to visit accepts the Every Kid in a Park Pass before you plan your trip.

If you are planning on taking a train, Amtrak is offering fourth graders a discount on train tickets. When an adult buys a full-price ticket, you’ll get 75% off for your fourth grader. Visit Amtrak to learn more.

We used the pass to visit the Grand Canyon for free this summer. It was a great experience for the whole family. Read my tips on visiting the Grand Canyon with kids later this month.

Have you used the Every Kid in a Park Pass this year? Where did you visit with your family? Please comment below!