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Kansas state parks will offer free admission on Black Friday

Kansas state parks participate in #OptOutside campaign on Black Friday.
Kansas state parks participate in #OptOutside campaign on Black Friday.(Kansas Tourism)
Published: Nov. 26, 2021 at 8:02 AM CST
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - All 28 state parks in Kansas will be free to visit on Black Friday.

Entrance fees will be waived for all visitors, including guests from out of town.

“Being outside in nature does wonders for our physical and mental health, so I hope everyone opts to go outside this year and enjoy a Kansas state park as part of their holiday experience,” said Linda Lanterman, director of Kansas State Parks.

Those who visit any of Kansas’ 28 state parks on Nov. 26 will also have a chance to win a free night’s stay in a Kansas state park cabin of their choice. To enter, visitors must simply take a “selfie” within any Kansas state park and share it on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the tags #OptOutside and #MyKsStatePark.

Outdoor equipment and sporting goods store REI spearheaded the tradition of outdoor excursions on Black Friday in 2015. Instead of participating in the holiday shopping rush, the store closed all of its locations for the day and encouraged employees to spend time outdoors instead.

In the years since many state parks have followed suit. Some also are hosting free events or other deals to draw in visitors.

To find a Kansas state park nearest you, visit www.ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks.

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