Free Entrance Days in the 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 2015:
Photo of hikers on the Cerro Grande Trail at Bandelier National Monument.

Hikers on the Cerro Grande Trail at Bandelier National Monument.

NPS photo
*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.
  • August 25
    National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 11
    Veterans Day
Only 127 of our country's 408 national parks usually charge an entrance fee. So start planning your visit!
For sure to visit Minneapolis very own - The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area offers a multitude of activities to keep you busy during the summer season. Listed below are a few of our featured summer activities. Make sure to check ourCalendar for upcoming park and partner programs.

If you have specific activity questions, contact the Mississippi River Visitor Center at (651) 293-0200. We also offer programs to organized groups such as community centers and summer school groups.

Programs and Activities

Coldwater Spring 2nd Saturdays
From June through October, come explore Coldwater Spring with park rangers and volunteers. Free. Drop-in activities.
Fish with a Ranger
Want to learn more about fishing? Brush up on fishing skills? Want to teach your kids how to fish? Then join us on one of our public fishing events.
Bike with a Ranger
Join ranger-led bike rides along the Mississippi River this summer. Rides include stops along the way to learn about the history, culture and natural features of the river.
Other Ideas
Don't forget to check our Calendar for other fun educational or recreational programming.