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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering free admission at state parks and recreation areas this Saturday, so here are 6 parks in southeast Minnesota.

One of the great things-- and there are many-- about living here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes is the incredible state park system and nature areas that the Department of Natural Resources manages. From one of the many scenic parks along the North Shore to Carley State Park near Plainview, Minnesota really IS a beautiful state.

And if you want to get out and enjoy one of those state parks, you'll be able to do it for FREE again THIS Saturday, June 12th, because it's the next DNR Free Park Day. And according to the DNR, that means you can put away your wallet-- your money's no good at any of the 75 Minnesota state parks and state recreation areas that day, as they're all offering free admission to everyone.

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If you can't make it out next Saturday, the DNR is also planning one other Free Park Day this year, on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) on Friday, November 26th. And, you might want to get out and enjoy things while they're free because there's a proposal in the state legislature that would increase fees at Minnesota State Parks and recreation areas later this year or early next year.

So, if you wanna hit the trails this Saturday, check out the 6 Minnesota state parks that are closest to Rah-Rah-Rochester...

The 6 State Parks Closest to Rochester (Where You Can Get in Free This Saturday 6/10)

Minnesota's state parks and rec areas are offering free admission Saturday, April 24th, so here are the 6 closest parks to Rochester

And in case your wanderlust has you looking for other places to explore here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes this weekend-- or later this spring and summer-- keep scrolling to check out 10 amazing places where you can 'escape' Minnesota... without leaving the state!

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