I know that many of you “thrifty” folk like to shop on Black Friday, whether you’re getting up early to head to the store or firing up your computer and shopping online.
But if you’re looking for a different way to spend Black Friday, take note that there will be FREE admission to all Minnesota State Parks on Black Friday. It’s a day to explore, hike, and wander – all for free!
Minnesota state parks are open year-round, and there’s a state park within 30 miles of most Minnesotans. With a free day in each season, it’s a great opportunity to get out there and explore someplace new – or visit an old favorite at a new time of year! Whether you stay for the whole weekend or just spend a few hours outside, you’ll make memories that will last a lifetime.
The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities like camping, rentals, or special tours.
The goal is to encourage families to spend time together with a walk outdoors. Research shows that walking offers multiple benefits, from increased creativity and better brain function to more flexibility and stamina. So you won’t just burn calories, you’ll also improve your well-being.
Many state park offices will be closed or minimally staffed over the holiday weekend so our staff can take time off to celebrate with their own households, but visitors can stop at the orientation stations near the park entrance for information and tips on what to see and do.