Not everything is free in life, but when something is it's truly a treat. When looking for free things to do in Florida, most options include beaches & driving around or windowshopping; but a few times a year, multiple National Parks in Florida offer free admission — and with it some stellar views.

National parks are some of America’s treasures, and the ones in Florida are no exception. From beachy spots, turquoise waters, and stunning horizon views, there's a little bit of everything to admire in the Sunshine State.

The fee-free days give an opportunity to experience these gems while saving a little strain on the ol' pocketbook, whether you want to visit an old favorite or check out someplace new — especially these parks that would normally charge an entrance fee.

Included in the list of participating fee-free day parks is Canaveral National Seashore, a true beachy paradise with exotic wild animals, canopied hiking trails, & nude sunbathing at boardwalk 13, 

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, which is allegedly haunted & you can even explore it at night,

Dry Tortugas National Park — which has an abandoned military fort secluded on an island surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters & happens to be an awesome spot for summer photos

Everglades National Park, America's largest subtropical wilderness with breathtaking views & it has an amazing spot for viewing the sunset, stars, & horizon,

and Gulf Islands National Seashore that happens to be an amazing spot to camp & stargaze.

So when can you go for free? All of these parks have free admission every year on January 20th, April 18th, August 25th, September 26th, and November 11th. More parks may opt to be added or removed from the list at a later date.

The entrance fee waiver for free days does not cover amenities or other user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

For more information about these state parks, check out the National Park Service's website here. You can also review the free admission days, as well as learn more about regular discounts & annual passes here.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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