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Minnesota State Parks, recreation areas plan free entry days

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.

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The sun shines over Luverne in this view from Eagle Rock Vista at Blue Mounds State Park in this November 2020 photo. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

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

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“Kids are still kids. They still want hugs, they still giggle, they still get their feelings hurt. They still tattle, they still want friends.”

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.

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.

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