If you live in California and have yet to visit one of the state’s many spectacular national parks, then you have a lot to catch up on. California’s 28 national parks each showcase an important milestone in the state’s history or a significant monument and/or site.

People from all over the country come to California to see the widely known national parks with their own eyes with popular ones being: Alcatraz Island, Death Valley National Park, Point Reyes National Seashore, Sequoia National Park and Yosemite National Park.

And now is the perfect time to start exploring the state’s natural wonders, because during April 16 to April 24, all national parks in the country will be offering free admission in honor of National Park Week.

In addition to visiting the parks for free, guests can further get into the National Park Week spirit by attending some fun events during their park visits.

April 16: National Junior Ranger Day: Kiddos can learn all about preserving their national parks by partaking in fun programs and lectures during this day. They can even earn a junior ranger badge or become a Centennial Junior Ranger by completing some of the fun programs. Several parks in California will provide engaging hands-on activities for all those rangers in training! Be sure to check out what fun activities your favorite park has planned for this kid-friendly holiday.

April 22: Earth Day: In support of Earth Day’s mission for environmental protection and preservation, attendees can roll up their sleeves and pitch in for a project at their favorite national park. Find a park where you can help out here.

April 23: National Park InstaMeet: For those who are lovers of all things social media, you can join an InstaMeet where groups of Instagrammers meet up at various national parks to take photos and videos together. Don’t miss out!

April 24: Park Rx Day: Various events and activities will take place on Park Rx Day, a new holiday that promotes the growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve human health. During this day, attendees can partake in fun recreational activities that support Park Rx Day’s mission.

Make sure to check with your favorite national park to get more details on these exciting events.

Here are all of California’s national parks you can explore for free during this holiday:

Northern California

Alcatraz Island: San Francisco

Devils Postpile National Monument: Sierra Nevada near Mammoth Lakes

Eugene O’Neil National Historic Site: Danville

Fort Point National Historic Site: San Francisco

Golden Gate National Recreation Area: San Francisco

John Muir National Historic Site: Martinez

Juan Bautista De Anza National Historic Trail: San Francisco

Kings Canyon National Park: Fresno County

Lassen Volcanic National Park: Mineral

Lava Beds National Monument: Tulelake

Muir Woods National Monument: Mill Valley

Pinnacles National Park: Paicines

Point Reyes National Seashore: Point Reyes

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial: Concord

Redwood National Park: Del Norte & Humboldt counties

Rosie the Riveter WWII / Home Front National Historic Park: Richmond

San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park: San Francisco

Sequoia National Park: Tulare and Fresno counties

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area: Whiskeytown

Yosemite National Park: Sierra Nevada

Southern California

Cabrillo National Monument: San Diego

Cesar E. Chavez National Monument: Keene

Channel Islands National Park: Ventura

Death Valley National Park: Death Valley

Joshua Tree National Park: Twentynine Palms

Manzanar National Historic Site: Independence

Mojave National Preserve: Barstow

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area: Thousand Oaks


Here’s to happy exploring!