2020 Free National Park Days

Posted on: December 28th, 2019 by


Did you know there are 5 Free National Park days this year?

We are always advocates for getting your family outside and off the screens, and our protected national parks are a great place to explore. Our national parks offer history, hiking, swimming and more. We have your ways for visiting these parks and take advantage of National Park Service free admission!


National Park Service Morristown National Historical Park

Morristown National Historical Park


The Free National Park Days for 2020

  • January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 18: First Day of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day


New Jersey National Park Service Free Admission Days


Every Kid in a Park

Did you know fourth graders and their families can get a full year of National Park Service free admission? Apply now and travel through the end of August 2020. Read our recap here!


New Jersey National Parks

Below is our list of National Parks in New Jersey, or read our article for more details on these national treasures close to home!

  • Ellis Island – take ferry from Jersey City, Hudson County. No entrance fee but various ferry fees apply as well as fees for advanced tours. Visit the hall where 12 million immigrants entered on their way to an American life.


  • Gateway National Recreation Area – Sandy Hook, Monmouth County. Parking fees in summer only, no entrance fees. Beach, bird watching, nature trails, Fort Hancock and the Sandy Hook lighthouse await!


Sandy hook with kids


  • Delaware Water Gap – Warren County. No entrance fee but amenity fees may apply from April – October. Mountains, streams, and the 1000 foot deep water gap are available for outdoor fun.


  • Thomas Edison Historical Park – West Orange, Essex County. Explore Thomas Edison’s home and laboratory. Entrance fee $15, 16 and under free.



waterfalls at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park in New Jersey, National Parks in New Jersey

Look at this amazing view at Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park.



National Park Service Gateway National Recreation Center Sandy Hook

Wading at Gateway National Recreation Center (Sandy Hook)


National Park Service Junior Ranger Program

The Junior Ranger program offers a way for kids to get engaged while at the National Parks. Did you know that at most national parks, children can earn a badge learning more about the parks, their environment, and animals by becoming a Junior Ranger? We’ve had great experiences at the National Mall and in Fredericksburg VA. Read more about the Junior Ranger program, and you’ll wish you could earn one of those badges too!


Earning our Junior Ranger Badges at Fredericksburg Battlefield


In New Jersey, Junior Ranger programs are offered at:


Junior Park Ranger badge at the Morristown National Historical Park

My 8 year old working on earning his Junior Park Ranger badge at the Morristown National Historical Park.


Events in NJ National Parks

Our Jersey Family Fun calendar of New Jersey events lists low cost and free events across the state including those in our National Parks. You can find nature walks, history demonstrations and beach events and more!


Want to have more National Park fun? Want a way to keep kids busy in the car on the way? Want to learn more about where you are going to visit? Check out some of our favorite National Geographic Kids books we were sent, as National Geographic Kids Insiders, about the National Parks. You can purchase your own with our Amazon affiliate links.


Where will you visit during Free National Park days?

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New Jersey National Park Service Free Admission Days


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Ready to explore MORE of the New Jersey outdoors? We’re ready to help you with these blog posts and listings.


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In full disclosure, we were provided with these books at National Geographic Kids Insiders. Jersey Family Fun is a participant in the Amazon Affiliates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.

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