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Wrap up your summer with FREE entry for 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)

Other Parks

South Florida’s scenic parks & natural areas, plenty are free

Other Free and Inexpensive Events

Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Festival Exhibition

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Garden tour

10:00 am | FREE | Society of the Four Arts

Noon Tunes in Fort Lauderdale

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm | FREE | Stranahan Park

Food Trucks In Volunteer Park

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Volunteer Park Plantation

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Pelican Harbor Marina

$9 deal for roller skating in Davie

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm | Discounted | Galaxy Skateway Davie

Free 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

Comedy Night at Pub 52

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

Comedy Night at Exit One Taproom

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Exit One Taproom

SoundScape Cinema Series: Free outdoor movies in Miami Beach

8:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Festival Exhibition

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Jazz at Jackson

12:00 pm | FREE | Alamo Park

Street Stages

4:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Old Post Office

Enjoy live entertainment at Clematis by Night

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

Perez Museum Floating Film

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)

GOGO MOAD Art Making Workshop

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $15.00 | IS Projects

Free 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

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

Friday, February 10, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

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

Festival Exhibition

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Seminole Tribal Fair & Pow Wow

11:00 am to 11:30 pm | FREE | Seminole Hard Rock

Art After Dark at Norton in West Palm

4:00 pm to 9:30 pm | Discounted | Norton Museum of Art

Night market at Dania Pointe

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

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

Friday Films in Palm Beach

5:30 pm | $10.00 | Society of the Four Arts

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Food In Motion vendor fair in Fort Lauderdale

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

Free music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

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

Free live entertainment in Pompano

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Lawn at Atlantic Boulevard and Pompano Beach Boulevard

Jam on percussion for free

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

Potter In Residence

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wolfsonian-FIU

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

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

Tunes 'n Trucks in Sunrise

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | City Park

Free movie in West Palm Beach

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

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

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

Free outdoor film in Weston

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | Weston Regional Park

Chamber Music

7:30 pm | $15.00 | Black Archives Historic Lyric Theatre

Live Music at Doral Yard

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

Free outdoor films in Hollywood

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

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU free every Saturday

All Day | FREE | Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

Boca Raton Beer Wine & Spirits Fest

Discounted | Mizner Park in Boca

$5 all-day fares weekends on Tri-Rail

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

Plantation Farmers Market

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

Sensory Friendly Saturday

9:00 am to 11:00 am | FREE | Miami Children’s Museum

Seminole Tribal Fair & Pow Wow

9:00 am to 11:30 pm | FREE | Seminole Hard Rock

Family Art Workshop

10:00 am to 11:30 am | FREE | Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami

Woofstock in Sunrise

10:00 am to 1:00 pm | FREE | Welleby Park

Free Water Shuttle Weekends

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

Free Family Fun Day

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

Valentine's Weekend Orchid Show & Sale.

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Safe Schools Institute

Festival Exhibition

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Florida Renaissance Festival on weekends

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | $0-35.28 | Quiet Waters Park

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

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

Free Zumba in Wellington

10:30 am to 11:30 am | FREE | Mall at Wellington Green

PAMM free day with family activities

11:00 am to 3:00 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

Family Fest: Rita Finds Home

12:00 pm to 3:00 pm | FREE | Adrienne Arsht Center

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum

Free Marlins Fan Fest

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | loanDepot Park

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

1:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Family Day free admission

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

Rock n' Ride in Tamarac

3:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Tamarac Sports complex

Free GOGO MOAD Family Art Fun

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Surfside Town Hall

Canes Baseball Fan Fest

4:00 pm | FREE | Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field

Street Stages

4:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Old Post Office

Cultural Saturdays at Dania Ponite

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Free 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

Deep Fried Funk in Weston

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Weston Regional Park

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

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, February 12, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

$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

Valentine Orchid Show & Sale

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Discounted | Safe Schools Institute

Festival Exhibition

10:00 am to 5:00 pm | FREE | New World Center | New World Symphony

Florida Renaissance Festival on weekends

10:00 am to 6:00 pm | $0-35.28 | Quiet Waters Park

Sawgrass Farmer's & Artisan's market

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

Kids' Graffiti Drawing Class

10:00 am | $16.00 | Museum of Graffiti

Farmer's Market at Village of Merrick Park

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

Seminole Tribal Fair & Pow Wow

11:00 am to 6:00 pm | Seminole Hard Rock

Farm Tours at Tradewinds Park

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

Concert for Kids

11:30 am | $20.00 | New World Center | New World Symphony

Merrick House Museum Guided Tours

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm | $0-5.00 | Merrick House Museum

Family Sundays at Dania Pointe

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Live entertainment at Dania Pointe

2:00 pm to 6:00 pm | Dania Pointe

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade

Tropical Sundays Live Music

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

Free 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

$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.

Salsa dance class

9:00 pm | FREE | Ball & Chain

Monday, February 13, 2023

Los Trompos art installation

All Day | FREE | Merrick Park

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

 

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