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Free Park Day at Minnesota state parks and recreation areas

September 9, 2023

|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on June 10, 2023 at 12:00 am

One event on September 9, 2023 at 12:00 am

One event on November 24, 2023 at 12:00 am

One event on January 15, 2024 at 8:00 am

One event on April 27, 2024 at 12:00 am

One event on June 8, 2024 at 12:00 am

One event on November 29, 2024 at 12:00 am

Next free park day: Monday, January 15, 2024

On four days each year, all Minnesota state parks and state recreation areas offer free admission to everyone – no vehicle permits needed!

Here are the fee-free dates in 2024:      

  • Monday, January 15, 2024
  • Saturday, April 27, 2024
  • Saturday, June 8, 2024
  • Friday, November 29, 2024

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.



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