Guess what’s coming up? It’s a FREE day at our state and national parks in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Monday, January 15th. This means you can enter your favorite national park without any pass, and you can go to any state park without the Discover WA pass!
There are several other free park days coming up later this year. In fact, we’ve rounded them all up for you right here!
If you love the outdoors as much as we do here at Sounds Fun Mom, you’ll want to be sure to put these dates on your calendar! Here are the dates and info you need to know about fee free days at Washington state parks and national parks in 2018. We also have recommendations for our favorite state parks below!
Discover Pass Free Days
Washington State Parks offers several “free days” when a Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. Following are the 2018 State Parks free days:
- Jan. 1 — First Day Hikes; New Year’s Day
- Jan. 15 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- March 19 — State Park’s 105th birthday
- April 14 — Spring day
- April 22 — Earth Day
- June 2 — National Trails Day
- June 9 — National Get Outdoors Day
- June 10 — Fishing Day
- Aug. 25 — National Park Service 102nd Birthday
- Sept. 22 — National Public Lands Day
- Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
- Nov. 23 — Autumn day
Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington State Departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife on these days. Sno-Park permits are still required on free days at designated Sno-Parks during the winter season.
The free days only apply to day use and not overnight stays or rented facilities, or those lands managed by the Washington State Departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife.
If you decide you want to purchase a Discover Pass, you can buy them online, from over 600 licensed vendors, from the Department of Licensing when you renew your license, at state parks where representatives are present, and at over 80 retail locations.
Two of our favorite South Sound Washington State Parks are Saltwater State Park in Des Moines and Dash Point State Park in Federal Way. Tolmie near Olympia and Kopachuck near Gig Harbor are also great. We’d love to hear about your favorites, too. Leave a comment and spill!
There are also some days when you can get free entry to national parks!
Fee Free Days at National Parks
2018 Free Days at National Parks
- January 15: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- April 21: First day of National Park Week
- September 22: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
If you are heading toward Mt. Rainier, you might find these posts helpful:
Sledding and Snow Play With Kids-This post has links to info. at the sledding/snow play area at Paradise. I do believe it is open now, and yes, you should expect a big crowd!
4th Graders FREE to National Parks
In case you haven’t heard, the Every Kid in a Park Initiative allows all 2016-2017 4th graders and their families free access to national parks. Get more info at our post about Every Kid in a Park! PS You can use your free pass for everyone in the car, and it’s good all the way through August! An amazing deal!
5th Grade Ski Passport
If you’ve got a 5th grader and are planning to travel to Eastern Washington or Northern Idaho, your child can get a FREE ski passport to ride or ski at participating slopes. Get all the info at the 5th Grade Ski Passport site.
What are some of your favorite state or national parks to enjoy with your kiddos?