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Washington state parks free-admission days for 2018 and 2019

Washington State Parks

Mark your calendar: Washington state parks announced nine free-admission days for 2019. (And there's one more in 2018!)


Not sure where to find your closest state park — or the one with the location or activities your family is looking for? The state parks' website lists them all. The state also recently published a very thorough guidebook that you can buy. And if you want to get creative, get to a state park using public transit. Here's help with that.


In addition, the state parks department has published its winter schedule, including parks that are closed or have curtailed availability. Find that information here.


A law passed in 2011 created fees to help support Washington's state parks. Vehicles are required to have a Discover Pass, which costs $30 annually or $10 for a one-day visit. The law also called for the creation of up to 12 free-admission days each year.

The remaining "free day" for 2018 is:


  • Friday, Nov. 23: Autumn free day

And the free days for 2019 are:

Tuesday, Jan. 1 — First Day Hikes; New Year’s Day
Monday, Jan. 21 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Tuesday, March 19 — State Parks’ 106th Birthday
Saturday, April 20 — Springtime free day
Monday, April 22 — Earth Day
Saturday, June 1 — National Trails Day
Saturday, June 8 — National Get Outdoors Day
Sunday, June 9 — Free Fishing Day
Sunday, Aug. 25 — National Park Service Birthday
Saturday, Sept. 28 — National Public Lands Day
Monday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
Friday, Nov. 29 — Autumn free day

Related: How your fourth-grader can get a free national-park pass for your family.


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