Thursday, March 28, 2013

Celebrate the state parks' centennial with a free day this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 3:14 PM

click to enlarge Could the weather at Riverside State Park be this beautiful Saturday? We can hope. - LISA WAANANEN
  • Lisa Waananen
  • Could the weather at Riverside State Park be this beautiful Saturday? We can hope.

The weather is supposed to be excellent this weekend — sunny and in the 60s, the forecast says — so it’s probably going to be a beautiful day to visit the state’s parks for free.

A lot of the year’s free days are based on various holidays, but this one’s a special treat to commemorate the state parks system’s 100th birthday. It was technically March 19 — but that was a Tuesday, so it’s nice that they waited for this weekend to celebrate.

The parks already had one free day on Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but there are 10 more this year:

  • April 27 and 28 for National Parks Week
  • June 1 for National Trails day
  • June 8 and 9 for National Get Outdoors Day
  • Aug. 4 for peak season
  • Sept. 28 for National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 9, 10 and 11 for Veterans Day weekend

Visitors to state parks typically need a Discover Pass, which costs $10 for a day or $30 for a year. (You can get fined $99 for not having one.)

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