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HomeHealth & Fitness2023 Free Park Days Announced for Minnesota State Parks, Recreation Areas

2023 Free Park Days Announced for Minnesota State Parks, Recreation Areas

Minnesotans encouraged to explore outdoors with friends, family

The Minnesota Department of Natural Re­sources is waiving vehicle permit fees at all 75 state parks and recreation areas on four dates in 2023. The Free Park Days will be Saturday, April 22; Saturday, June 10; Satur­day, Sept. 9 and Friday, Nov. 24.

With the support of the state legislature, the DNR offers Free Park Days to encourage Minnesotans to get outdoors and enjoy the health and wellness benefits of spending time in nature.

“Minnesota state parks and recreation ar­eas are open year-round, and there’s plenty of fun to be had in the outdoors in every sea­son,” said Ann Pierce, director of the DNR Parks and Trails Division. “We hope offering a series of free entrance days will encourage Minnesotans to visit these special places to spend time enjoying the outstanding natural resources our state has to offer and recharge from the stresses of everyday life.”

Getting outdoors makes exercise more fun and can boost mood and immunity. Accord­ing to the American Psychological Associa­tion, exposure to nature is linked to benefits like improved attention and lower stress.

There’s a state park or recreation area with­in 30 miles of most Minnesotans. In addition to offering popular activities such as hik­ing, biking, camping, swimming, skiing and birding, a variety of state park programs are open to all visitors. Programs are free, but some require pre-registration. Find state park programs online at the state parks and trails events calendar (mndnr.gov/ptcalendar).

The entrance fee waiver on Free Park Days does not cover activities like camping, rent­als or tours.

For more information, visit the DNR’s Free Park Days page (mndnr.gov/freeparkdays) or contact the DNR Information Center by emailing info.dnr@state.mn.us or by calling 888-646-6367 between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mon­day-Friday, or 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

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