Washington state parks free-admission days for 2019
Washington State Parks
Mark your calendar: Washington state parks have free admission on select days in 2019.
There is one more free admission day in 2019:
Friday, Nov. 29 — Autumn free day
To name just a very few of the ways you could take advantage of a free day in state parks:
- Explore St. Edward State Park in Kenmore, the site of a former monastery.
- Walk the beach at Saltwater or Dash Point State Parks in South King County.
- Hike up to Wallace Falls.
- See the spectacular scenery at Deception Pass (you can walk on the bridge!)
- Explore the geologic oddity that is Flaming Geyser (lots more to do here, too).
FYI: State parks have gone to their winter schedule. Make sure your favorite hasn't closed for the season.
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.
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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.
Related: How your fourth-grader can get a free national-park pass for your family.
Editor's note: Updated September 2019