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Saturday is National Get Outdoors Day, and you can once again get in free to any state park or recreation area in Minnesota, so here are the six state 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, June 11th, because it's the third 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 one last Free Park Day this year, but it's not until Black Friday, November 25th. The DNR notes that while the entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does get you inside any state park, where you can enjoy over 1,300 miles of trails, it does NOT cover other 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!

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources/Facebook
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources/Facebook

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