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The best Black Friday deal? It's Minnesota State Parks again

For the fourth year in a row, state parks will be free on Black Friday.

While the likes of Target, Best Buy and Amazon dominate the conversation over Black Friday weekend, the best deal in Minnesota on the busiest shopping weekend of the year won't be found at the store.

For the fourth year in a row, admission to all state parks will be free on the day after Thanksgiving, according to an announcement from the Minnesota DNR. 

Admission is normally $7 for a one-day vehicle permit.

The DNR says the goal of the so-called Free Park Friday "is to encourage families to extend their holiday by spending time together with a walk outdoors," as research show "multiple benefits" of walking.

And one of those benefits, apparently, is getting some social media love; the DNR is also encouraging people to share photos of their "Black Friday free park adventure" with the hashtags  #FreeParkFriday and #OnlyinMN.

Stuff to know

With 75 state parks and recreation areas in Minnesota, there are plenty of Free Park Friday destinations to choose from. You can find one that works for you with the DNR's ParkFinder site.

Each park's entry will have hours of operation and other important details.

Some of the parks will have "special programs" happening on Black Friday; you can find a list of those parks and the programs right here

Those include a "Snowshoe Lacing Workshop," "Bison Tales" and a "Turkey Hike," among others.

The DNR is reminding visitors that some parks will have special hunts taking place, so be sure to "plan accordingly."

Additionally, while the parks will be open, many of the state park offices will be closed or have minimal staff that day; however, "visitors can stop at the orientation stations near the park entrance for trail maps and tips on what to see and do at the park."

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