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Free entrance to all Minnesota state parks on Saturday, September 9, 2023

Sep 04, 2023 08:55AM ● By Content Editor
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From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - August 15, 2023

On four days each year, all 75 Minnesota state parks and state recreation areas offer free admission to everyone - no vehicle permits needed! Here are the remaining fee-free dates in 2023:
  • Saturday, September 9
  • Friday, November 24

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.

Note: you can also check out Minnesota state park vehicle permits from libraries across the state - including the Grand Marais Public Library. Learn more here. 

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