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Washington state parks free-admission days for 2020


Update, March 24: All state parks are closed for at least two weeks, and state park  campgrounds are closed through April 30.


Mark your calendar: Washington state parks have free admission on select days in 2020.

Saturday, April 11 — Springtime free day
Wednesday, April 22 — Earth Day
Saturday, June 6 — National Trails Day
Sunday, June 7 — Free Fishing Day
Saturday, June 13 — National Get Outdoors Day
Tuesday, Aug. 25 — National Park Service Birthday
Saturday, Sept. 26 — National Public Lands Day
Wednesday, Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
Friday, Nov. 27 — 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).

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 Decmeber 2019

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