Kansas state parks offer free admission for those who #OptOutside on Black Friday

TOPEKA — The 28 state parks in Kansas will participate in a nationwide outdoors promotion by waiving entry fees on Friday.

Visitors also can get a shot at winning a free night’s stay in a state park cabin by sharing a selfie from one of the parks on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the tags #OptOutside and #MyKsStatePark.


“Being outside in nature does wonders for our physical and mental health, so I hope everyone opts to go outside this year and enjoy a Kansas state park as part of their holiday experience,” said Linda Lanterman, the state parks director.

The #OptOutside campaign began in 2015 when retail company REI closed its doors on Black Friday and paid employees to spend the day outside instead. State parks across the country now offer free admission every year on Black Friday to promote the outdoors and nature.

Residents can find a directory of state parks at

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