Here’s where you can go for free on Martin Luther King Jr. Day


There’s a three-day weekend just around the corner, so why not spend your extra day off doing something other than binging on Netflix or sleeping in?

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all National Park Service sites are offering free admission on Jan. 16.

A slew of sites are directly associated with Dr. King, including the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama and the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C.

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If it’s a bit too cold for you to crawl out of your winter hibernation to make it to a site, there are nine other free admission days in 2017. Mark your calendar! Free admission days at all National Park Service sites are as follows:

  • Feb. 20: President’s Day
  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends around National Park Week
  • Aug. 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • Sept. 30: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

While there are more than 400 parks nationwide, 120 of them typically charge an entrance fee (some as high as $30). Waived fees on admission-free days include entrance fees, commercial tour fees and transportation entrance fees.

However, fees including reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise, according to the National Park Service’s website.

Get outside!

A little fresh air might re-energize you to fight through that mid-month slump and actually follow through with your New Year’s resolutions.

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Sarah Berger

I am a journalist and penny-pinching millennial living in New York City on a budget.