Military families visit national parks for free



Planning a summer vacation? The National Park Service turns 100 this summer and military families can join the celebration by visiting America’s national parks for free. Annual passes normally cost $80.

Your free annual pass covers entrance to all National Park Service and Fish and Wildlife Service sites that charge entrance fees. It also covers standard amenity fees at Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation sites.

To help plan your visit during the Centennial, the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service have launched a Find Your Park website. Use it to help plan your trip and learn about some of our country’s most beautiful national treasures.  

For starters, did you know there are over 400 national parks? Many are home to preserved historic sites, history-making trails, monuments, and memorials dedicated to celebrating our military history. They include Gettysburg National Military Park, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial,  the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, and Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine–birthplace of our national anthem.

Find a park near you. (It could be closer than you think.)

Note: Eligibility for the free annual park pass includes current US military members and their dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, as well as most members of the US Reserves and National Guard. Proper military ID is required (CAC Card or DoD Form 1173). If you’re a disabled veteran, you may qualify for a free lifetime Access Pass.

Learn more about getting and using your free military park pass.

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