Get out and explore on Free Park Friday

Don’t feel like trying to squish through the doors—especially after seconds and thirds just hours prior—with the swarming masses on Black Friday? Leave the credit card, long cashier lines and lack of sleep behind in exchange for a new day-after-turkey adventure of the outdoor and family time variety.

Thanks to “Free Park Friday,” visitors to any of the 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on Friday, Nov. 25 will have free park entry all day. So you can walk, run or hike and burn off that turkey while experiencing all the outdoor beauty our state has to offer.

If you’re looking for suggestions, try any of the guided hikes at Lake Bemidji, Lake Carlos and Sibley state parks, or catch a glimpse of the majestic trumpeter swans at Lake Maria State Park in Monticello.

For a full list of events, check out the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ website for more family-friendly ideas and suggestions, or to find a park near you.


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