Traditionally known for being the day hordes of people crowd stores looking for deals, the Minnesota DNR has a Black Friday offer of their own that might be more appealing to many. Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith announced last week that all of Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas will be free to all on Friday, November 27.

The "Free Park Friday" was created to encourage people to spend time outdoors with family on the day after Thanksgiving, which is a day many have off from work. Smith commented on the day, saying:

At a time of year when Minnesotans pause to give thanks, I am so grateful for the incredible state parks and trails we have here in Minnesota. Visiting these parks is a great way to spend time with family and loved ones, relieve stress, and enjoy exercise in the great outdoors.

Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota State Parks and Trails, reminds Minnesotans there is likely a state park nearby; saying "There is a Minnesota state park within 30 miles of almost everyone." Easy access to such beauty and outdoor activities can not only be a fun way to spend a day with family, but also is a great way to burn off that Thanksgiving dinner you ate. A brisk walk can burn off 300 calories of that meal in an hour's time.

You can find a park to visit or discover park activities using the Minnesota DNR's handy interactive state park and recreation area map.

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