Dutchess County Free Days

2018 Dutchess County Free Entrance Days in the National Parks - All of the four Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites will be open FREE of charge to you, from 9am to 5pm. Those located in Dutchess County NY are: Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt; Vanderbilt Mansion; Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site; and Top Cottage, FDR’s retreat. Check the hours, as not all sites are open all days at

Dutchess County 2018 Free Fee Entrance Days:

• January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
• April 21: First day of National Park Week
• September 22: National Public Lands Day
• November 11: Veterans Day

During the fee free days, all National Park Service sites will waive their entrance fees for all visitors. Usually, 124 of the 413 national parks charge entrance fees that range from $3 to $30. The other 289 sites do not have entrance fees. The entrance fee waiver for the fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for things such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

Active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes.  A Senior Pass is now $80. Did you know that any fourth grade student can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program?

Enjoy a guided tour of their homes, walk their trails and stroll through their lovely gardens. Take photos of the pastoral landscapes and sweeping Hudson River views. Stop by the museum gift shops for interesting books to learn more about the Vanderbilt's and Roosevelt's, or remember you visit with a unique souvenir as well! Call with questions, (845) 229-9115.

If you're planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online.

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.