Padre Island National Seashore will waive entrance fees on five days in 2019.
The five entrance fee-free days for 2019 will be:
- Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Saturday, April 20 – Start of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
- Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
- Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day
- Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day
“The best things are free- and what could be better than a visit to Padre Island for the day. Please join us for one of our fee free days,” said Park Superintendent Mark Spier.
Padre Island National Seashore normally charges a $10 fee per vehicle for a one day visit to the park and $20 for a seven day visit.
The entrance fee waiver for the fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.
Padre Island National Seashore is one of 115 national parks that has an entrance fees. The other 303 national parks do not charge an entrance fee.
The National Park System includes more than 85 million acres and is comprised of 418 sites, including national parks, national historical parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, national battlefields, and national seashores.
Last year, 331 million people visited national parks spending $18.2 billion which supported 306,000 jobs across the country and had a $35.8 billion impact on the U.S. economy.