Post-Thanksgiving Perk: Enjoy Free Admission to WA State Parks on the Day After Thanksgiving

Ah, the day after Thanksgiving – a day marked by Black Friday shopping sprees for some and a tranquil day of post-feast digestion for others. However, if neither of these options quite fits the bill, why not consider a visit to one of Washington state's scenic parks? This Friday happens to be one of the twelve days of the year when the Discover Pass, which typically costs $11.50 for a day or $35 for a year, won't be required for entry to over 100 state parks.

This special opportunity extends to millions of acres of state recreation lands, making it an ideal day to explore the diverse natural beauty Washington has to offer. While the Discover Pass waiver applies to day access, normal fees will still be in place for overnight stays, facility rentals, and Sno-Park permits. It's worth noting that national parks, including Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic, will maintain their regular entry fees on Friday.

For those in Western Washington, where dry weather is expected, the landscape opens up to lowland and coastal state parks, inviting exploration of islands, beaches, forts, lighthouses, bays, and coastal forests – all without the usual entry fee.

If you find yourself elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon state parks are also joining in on the generosity by waiving day-use parking fees on Friday. And if you happen to miss this chance, fear not; the next free day for state park access is just around the corner on January 1st. So, seize the opportunity to unwind in nature and make the most of this post-Thanksgiving gift of free access to Washington's breathtaking state parks.

As the day after Thanksgiving unfolds, offering a variety of pursuits from frenzied Black Friday shopping to leisurely post-feast relaxation, there's another enticing option worth considering – a visit to the picturesque state parks of Washington. On this Friday, one of the twelve special days in the year, the Discover Pass becomes a passageway to over 100 state parks, waiving its usual $11.50 daily or $35 yearly fee.

This opportunity extends across millions of acres of state recreation lands, beckoning enthusiasts to explore Washington's diverse landscapes without the usual pass requirement. While the waiver covers day access, it's important to note that regular fees persist for overnight stays, facility rentals, and Sno-Park permits. Additionally, national parks, including the majestic Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic, maintain their standard entry fees on this day.

For those in Western Washington, where dry weather is anticipated, the array of lowland and coastal state parks promises a delightful escape to islands, beaches, forts, lighthouses, bays, and coastal forests – all without the customary entry fee.

Beyond the Evergreen State, Oregon state parks are also embracing the spirit of generosity by waiving day-use parking fees on this Friday. And for those who miss this opportunity, a reminder that the next chance for free access to state parks is on January 1st.

As we embrace the beauty of the great outdoors, let this post-Thanksgiving day serve as a reminder to appreciate the natural wonders around us. Whether it's a serene stroll, a family picnic, or a scenic drive, the gift of free park access invites everyone to savor the tranquility and beauty that Washington's state parks generously provide.