The National Park Service has several free entrance days during 2024 so your family can plan a trip to anywhere around the country to enjoy nature and history.

The upcoming dates are April 20, the first day of National Park Week; June 19 to mark Juneteenth National Independence Day; Aug. 4, the anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act; September 28, which is National Public Lands Day; and November 11 for Veterans Day.

In NJ, Thomas Edison National Historic Park is our national park. Thomas Edison’s home and laboratory are a step back in time, when machines were run by belts and pulleys and music was played on phonographs. There are approximately 6,000 historical photographs related to Edison, plus you can see the last-known footage of the famed inventor celebrating July 4 in a series of recently digitized home movies.

The park is located at 211 Main St. in West Orange. Hours are 10 am – 4 pm Thursdays – Sundays.

Here is a list of other historic parks around the U.S.:

Denali National Park & Preserve

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Grand Canyon National Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Petrified Forest National Park
Pipe Spring National Monument
Saguaro National Park
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Tonto National Monument
Tumacácori National Historical Park
Tuzigoot National Monument
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Wupatki National Monument

Fort Smith National Historic Site

Cabrillo National Monument
Death Valley National Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lava Beds National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
Pinnacles National Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Yosemite National Park

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Colorado National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
Hovenweep National Monument
Mesa Verde National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park

Canaveral National Seashore
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
Dry Tortugas National Park
Everglades National Park
Gulf Islands National Seashore

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Haleakalā National Park
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park

Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve
Yellowstone National Park

Acadia National Park

Antietam National Battlefield
Assateague Island National Seashore
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Adams National Historical Park
Cape Cod National Seashore

Isle Royale National Park
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Pipestone National Monument

Gulf Islands National Seashore
Vicksburg National Military Park

Gateway Arch National Park (formerly Jefferson National Expansion Memorial)
Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield

Glacier National Park
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Yellowstone National Park

Death Valley National Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area

New Hampshire
Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park

New Jersey
Thomas Edison National Historical Park

New Mexico
Bandelier National Monument
Capulin Volcano National Monument
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Valles Caldera National Preserve
White Sands National Park

New York
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

North Carolina
Wright Brothers National Memorial

North Dakota
Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial

Fort Smith National Historic Site

Crater Lake National Park
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

Puerto Rico
San Juan National Historic Site

South Carolina
Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park

South Dakota
Badlands National Park

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

Big Bend National Park
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
Padre Island National Seashore

Arches National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Golden Spike National Historical Park
Hovenweep National Monument
Natural Bridges National Monument
Zion National Park

Virgin Islands
Christiansted National Historic Site

Assateague Island National Seashore
Colonial National Historical Park
George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Great Falls Park
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Prince William Forest Park
Shenandoah National Park

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
Mount Rainier National Park
Olympic National Park

West Virginia
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Devils Tower National Monument
Grand Teton National Park
Yellowstone National Park

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