Florida’s state parks are open 8 a.m.-sunset on Thursday, “offering an abundance of family-friendly activities in the beautiful outdoors,” the Florida Department of Environmental Protection said in a news release.
“Holidays are the perfect time to visit state parks and trails,” Florida State Parks Director Eric Draper said. “Each year I look forward to taking advantage of the cooler weather to get outside — my favorite places are state parks and trails.”
The department also encourages Florida’s residents and visitors to “Opt Outside” and explore Florida’s great outdoors on Black Friday (Nov. 23).
“Opting outside is a great way to make memories with family, get active and reconnect with nature,” the release said. “Additionally, visitors can purchase Florida State Parks Annual Passes and Deluxe Real Florida Passports, which make for great holiday gifts.”
Some parks are hosting special events through the weekend, including:
— Manatee Springs State Park is hosting Clay Landing Days, a living history event, Friday and Saturday. “Covered wagon rides will take visitors along the North Trail with a stop at the Seminole Chickee Hut where settlers and Seminoles will let you see what life was once like.”
You can also find an event at a park near you.