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Wrap up your summer with FREE admission to Florida Parks

Florida State Parks and public libraries in South Florida offer an opportunity for free entry to almost all state parks in the Florida through Sept. 12, 2022.

Usual entry for Florida state parks varies, but typically is about $5-$10 per vehicle.

Some state parks rent kayaks. Photo/Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Real Florida Reader Program offers library patrons free vouchers during summer on loan. The voucher offers entry for about 170 state parks in Florida, with a few exceptions.

Phone your local library to verify if a voucher is available for loan. If you’re not already a library patron eligible to borrow books & other items, signing up at your local library is easy and free.

Florida State Parks in Palm Beach County

  • John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, 10900 Jack Nichlaus Drive, North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Florida State Parks in Broward County

  • Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 3109 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park, 6503 N Ocean Dr, Dania Beach, FL 33004

The Barnacle State Park

Florida State Parks in Miami-Dade County

  • Oleta River State Park, 3400 Ne 163Rd St, N Miami, FL 33160
  • The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy Coconut Grove, FL 33133
  • Bill Boggs Cape Florida State Park, 1200 S Crandon Blvd Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Florida State Parks in Monroe County 

  • Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, County Rd. 905 & Mile Marker 106, Key Largo, FL 33037
  • John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, 102601 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
  • Florida Keys Heritage Trail, 3 La Croix Court, Key Largo, FL 33037 plus multiple entrances throughout the islands
  • Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, 84900 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL33036 
  • Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, 77200 Overseas Hwy Islamorada, FL 33001
  • Indian Key Historic State Park, Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036
  • San Pedro Underwater Archeaeological Preserve State Park
  • Long Key State Park, 67400 Overseas Hwy, Long Key, FL 33001
  • Curry Hammock State Park, 56200 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050
  • Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (multiple locations)
  • Bahia Honda State Park, 36850 Overseas Hwy, Big Pine Key, FL 33043
  • Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, 601 Howard England Way, Key West, FL 33040

Information about the program is online.

Information about Florida State Parks is online.

Things to do with kids this summer (free, low-cost & deals)

More Free and Cheap Events

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Palm Beaches Restaurant Month

All Day | Discounted

Jupiter Hammerheads baseball

$6.00-12.00 | Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium

"Beauty & The Beast" discount

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

Discounted $13 entry fee

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Tai Chi class

8:00 am to 10:00 am | FREE | Norton Museum of Art

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer"

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Miami Children’s Museum

Food trucks and music

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Village Park

Enjoy live entertainment at Clematis by Night

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Summer Symphony event in Pembroke Pines

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Susan B. Katz Theater of the Performing Arts

Live music at Doral Yard

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

$12 Adult Skate Night

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

Community Jam Session

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | South Florida Center for Percussive Arts

Free Movie: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

8:30 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Altos Del Mar Park

Friday, August 12, 2022

Palm Beaches Restaurant Month

All Day | Discounted

Jupiter Hammerheads baseball

$6.00-12.00 | Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium

"Beauty & The Beast" discount

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

Discounted $13 entry fee

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer"

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Miami Children’s Museum

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Tropical Park

Splashtacular at water park in Hollywood

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | $7.00 | TY Park

Summer Nights in Oakland Park

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Pastorius Park

Food In Motion vendor fair in Fort Lauderdale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | Feldman Park

Live music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Water Taxi Sunset cruise with live entertainment

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | $20.00 | Intracoastal Waterway

Jam on percussion for free

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | South Florida Center for Percussive Arts

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Free Friday Drum Jam

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | South Florida Center for Percussive Arts

Battle of the Bands free concert

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Mizner Park in Boca

Starlight Musicals live entertainment

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Holiday Park

Free movie in West Palm Beach

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Waterfront Commons

Live music at Grandview in West Palm

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Grandview Public Market

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Free outdoor family-friendly films

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | ArtsPark

Free dive-in movies in Pompano

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Houston/Sworn Pool

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU free every Saturday

All Day | FREE | Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Palm Beaches Restaurant Month

All Day | Discounted

Jupiter Hammerheads baseball

$6.00-12.00 | Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium

"Beauty & The Beast" discount

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

Discounted $13 entry fee

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Sunrise comic con

$14.00-20.00 | Sunrise Civic Center

$5 all-day fares weekends on Tri-Rail

5:00 am to 11:30 pm | $5.00

Free vaccinations for children

7:30 am to 2:00 pm | FREE

Plantation Farmers Market

8:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Volunteer Park Plantation

Las Olas Oceanside Park Farmers, Antiques & Artisan Market

9:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Splash In The Pines

10:00 am to 1:00 pm | FREE | West Pines Soccer Park

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

Free Family Fun Day at HistoryMiami museum

10:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | HistoryMiami

Free admission to Norton Museum of Art for Palm Beach County residents

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | Norton Museum of Art

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Sensory Friendly Saturday

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Miami Children’s Museum

Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer"

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Miami Children’s Museum

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

10:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sawgrass Mills

Artisan Show

10:00 am | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Discount kids' movies

11:00 am to 1:00 pm | Discounted | Coral Gables Art Cinema

PAMM free day with family activities

11:00 am to 6:00 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Kidz Fest with fashion show in Plantation

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Broward mall

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum

Family Day free admission

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Dania Pointe offers Bubble Bash

2:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Downtown Palm Beach Gardens free summer concert series

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Downtown at the Gardens

Black Pepper Food & Wine Festival

3:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | FIU Biscayne Campus

Dania After Dark Street Festival

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania City Hall

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Herp Tour

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $0-15.00 | Deering Estate

Live music at Grandview in West Palm

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Grandview Public Market

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Laser Evening: Elton John

7:00 pm to 11:30 pm | $8.00-10.00 | Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Night sky viewing with telescopes

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Fox Observatory

Discount late-night movies

11:30 pm to 2:00 am | $5.00 | Coral Gables Art Cinema

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Palm Beaches Restaurant Month

All Day | Discounted

"Beauty & The Beast" discount

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

Discounted $13 entry fee

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

$5 all-day fares weekends on Tri-Rail

5:00 am to 11:30 pm | $5.00

Pinecrest drive-up Farmer's Market

8:00 am to 2:00 pm | Pinecrest Gardens

Palmetto Bay Farmer's Market

8:30 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Coral Reef Park

Tamarac Farmers Market

9:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Veterans Park

Vizcaya weekly farmer's market

9:00 am to 2:00 pm | Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Las Olas Oceanside Park vendor market

9:00 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

10:00 am to 3:00 pm | FREE | Deerfield Island Park

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer"

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Miami Children’s Museum

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

10:00 am to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sawgrass Mills

Artisan Show

10:00 am | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Farmer's Market at Village of Merrick Park

11:00 am to 5:00 pm | Merrick Park

Discount kids' movies

11:00 am | Discounted | Coral Gables Museum

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

11:30 am to 2:00 pm | $3.00-4.50 | Tradewinds Park

India Independence Day Festival in Fort Lauderdale

11:30 am to 4:00 pm | FREE | Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum

Dania Pointe offers Bubble Bash

2:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Live music in Lake Worth

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Bryant Park in Lake Worth

Summer Symphony event in Pembroke Pines

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines

Home is Where the Horror is:

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | $7.50-11.00 | O Cinema Miami Beach

Tropical Sundays Live Music

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Live music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade

$12 Adult Skate Night

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $12.00 | Xtreme Action Park

Comedy Night at Nightlife Brewing Co.

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co.

Monday, August 15, 2022

Palm Beaches Restaurant Month

All Day | Discounted

Discounted $13 entry fee

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

$15 Mondays at Zoo Miami

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer"

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Miami Children’s Museum

Free tour of the Adrienne Arsht Center

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Free group bike ride in Fort Lauderdale

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Tarpon River Brewing

Comedy Night at Sandbar Sports Grill

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Sandbar Sports Grill

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

AMC Theatres discount Tuesdays

All Day | Discounted | AMC Theatres

Regal Theatres: Discounted movie tickets on Tuesdays

All Day | $5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas Multiple Locations

Palm Beaches Restaurant Month

All Day | Discounted

Regal Cinemas kids' summer movies for $2

Discounted | Regal Cinemas

Discounted $13 entry fee

Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

'Nature Connects' LEGO exhibit

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer"

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | Discounted | Miami Children’s Museum

Market Tuesdays at CityPlace Doral

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | CityPlace Doral

Tasty Tuesdays with Food Trucks

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Amphitheater in Boca Raton

Food Trucks Tuesdays

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Haulover Beach Park

Poetry Night

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $5.00 | Arts Garage

 

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