Hoosiers who don’t want to go to the mall on Black Friday, but still want to get out of their homes, can once again “go outdoors” at an Indiana state park.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources waived admission fees at all DNR properties on Friday, including Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton.

According to the DNR, the hundreds of thousands of acres preserved across the state are a great place for Hoosiers outside of their Thanksgiving holidays and perhaps to practice social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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At the dunes, a naturalist should lead a moderate two-hour hike from the Nature Center to the Beach House Blowout and back, starting at 10:30 am.

Registration is not compulsory for the hike. Those with questions about hiking can contact the Nature Center at 219-926-1390 for more information.

Visitors are also welcome to hike the dunes on their own, take in the breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, or take a stroll through the natural landscape as fall turns into winter.

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People who photograph themselves or natural scenes in state parks on Friday and post the images to Indiana DNR social media sites with the hashtag # OptOutsideIN2021, will be eligible for designs for the permits. spend annual DNRs, free camping, gift cards, outdoor experiences and other items.

Additional prizes, including a great giveaway from outdoor gear retailer REI, are available for people camping in a state park, staying at a state park inn, or completing a scavenger hunt in a state park. state park Friday.

More information on Opt Outside events, activities and prizes is available online at in.gov/dnr/10291.htm.