State Parks Offering Free Entrance on Black Friday

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has a Black Friday deal that will give your wallet and your mind a rest. How does free sound? This Black Friday, take “free” to a whole new level and free yourself from the shopping chaos by enjoying a Free Park Entrance Day at any Kansas state park on Nov. 24.

KDWPT state park staff, in partnership with REI, invite you to “OptOutside” and spend this Black Friday outdoors, hiking, biking, or just relaxing at a Kansas state park. Now, you might be asking yourself, “But wouldn’t a retail company like REI want people shopping in their stores on Black Friday?” The answer is no, quite the opposite. REI is closing on Black Friday to encourage everyone to spend the time outdoors instead. KDWPT offices will be closed that day and many staff will also be heading outdoors.

Be a part of this movement by posting a picture of you and your family at one of the 26 Kansas state parks on Black Friday to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #myksstatepark and #optoutside and be entered into a drawing for a free cabin stay. Think you can find a better deal than that?

Learn more about Kansas state parks, including information on facility updates, directions and how to make reservations, at

Opt to go outside this Black Friday and get the best deal of all: the feeling of free.

Story from Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism


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