Every Single National Park Will Be Free on Saturday

Get outside to celebrate National Public Lands Day.

Pond at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.

Pond at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site/Photo via National Parks Service

With autumn colors beginning to descend upon the region, it’s high time to get out of the city and explore New England’s national parks. And this weekend, you can do it for free.

Saturday is National Public Lands Day, and to celebrate, the National Park Service (NPS) is waiving fees at every single national park in America.

Many NPS properties are free all the time, but even those that typically charge admission will open their doors to the public on Saturday. That includes New England gems such as Massachusetts’ Adams National Historic Park and Cape Cod National Seashore; New Hampshire’s Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site; and Maine’s Acadia National Park.

A national park ranger looks out over the sea

A ranger leads a hike at Cape Cod National Seashore/Photo via National Parks Service

Some of the parks will also hold special events for National Public Lands Day. Saint-Gaudens will host “Sculptural Visions,” an event that celebrates the beauty and diversity of sculpture. Acadia National Park, meanwhile, will help visitors explore the park in a variety of ways, from an early morning sunrise viewing on Ocean Path to an autumn ramble through Sieur de Monts Spring.

After this weekend, the NPS will host free admission days on November 11 and 12, for Veterans Day Weekend.

Fall leaves next to a body of water at Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park/Photo via National Parks Service