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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is once again offering free admission at state parks and recreation areas this Saturday, so here are 6 parks closest to Rochester.

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, April 23rd, because it's the second of four 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.

If you can't make it out Saturday, the DNR is also planning two other Free Park Days throughout 2022, on Saturday, June 11th and again on Black Friday, November 25th. The DNR notes the entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenities or user fees for activities like camping, rentals, or special tours.

The DNR says the goal is to "encourage families to spend time together with a walk outdoors. Research shows that walking offers multiple benefits, from increased creativity and better brain function to more flexibility and stamina. So you won't just burn calories, you'll also improve your well-being."

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

The 6 State Parks Closest to Rochester (Where You Can Get in Free This Saturday 2/19/22)

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

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