Washington State Parks Free Days

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Normally, it costs about $12 for a one-day parks pass (or $30 for an annual pass) but for a few days every year the parking is free — which is another way of saying the lots may be full before you’re even up and out of bed. Or maybe not, since this year one of those free days falls on a Wednesday, which makes it a perfect opportunity to take the day off (or take advantage of remote work, and treat yourself to a full day of writing or spreadsheetery while surrounded by nature). The closest one is Saint Edward State Park, as well as Bridle Trails in Kirkland. Park access is free every day for people who do not drive.

by Matt Baume

State Parks 2023 Free Days

  • Jan. 1 — First Day Hikes; New Year’s Day
  • Jan. 16 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • March 9 -- Billy Frank Junior's Birthday
  • March 19 — State Parks’ 110th Birthday
  • April 22  — Earth Day
  • June 10 — National Get Outdoors Day
  • June 11 — Free Fishing Day
  • June 19 — Juneteenth
  • Sept. 23 — National Public Lands Day
  • Oct. 10 -- World Mental Health Day
  • Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
  • Nov. 25 — Autumn Day

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