Take dad to a state park for free

Looking for something fun to do with your pop to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday? Why not “treat” him to a day at one of Maine’s many state parks.

It’s the cool thing — for you and your wallet, as admission will be free.

There are a couple of catches: You need to be riding in a vehicle bearing Maine license plates, and there are a few spots that aren’t included in the promotion.

But there are 48 state-owned and operated locations that will be accessible for free day use between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday.

According to a Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry press release, the vast majority of state parks and historic sites are included. Those that aren’t include Baxter State Park, Scarborough Beach State Park and the Penobscot Narrows Observatory.

“I encourage Maine families to visit and explore our state parks and historic sites on Father’s Day and throughout the season,” Gov. Paul LePage said in the news release. “This free-admission day, coinciding with Father’s Day, is a way of thanking Maine residents and showing appreciation for their support of Maine parks and lands throughout the year.”

DACF commissioner Walt Whitcomb said the promotion also helps recognize June as Get Outdoors Month.

“Our park staff and devoted volunteers have the parks ready for visitors. Maine residents, in particular, are encouraged to visit our parks and historic sites this Father’s Day,” he said.

Maine’s state parks are a true gift, and families that visit one often end up making trips to several more. Whether camping or hiking, there’s plenty to do, and lots of potential for wildlife sightings.

So this Father’s Day, do yourself — and your dad — a favor: Tell him to take a hike and tag along.


John Holyoke

About John Holyoke

John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. Today, he's the Outdoors editor for the BDN, a job that allows him to meet up with Maine outdoors enthusiasts in their natural habitat. The stories he gathers provide fodder for his columns, and this blog.