Indiana State Parks encouraging residents to “Opt Outside” with free park admission on Black Friday


OptOutside on Black Friday is Back in 2018

Indiana State Parks is offering a Black Friday deal unlike any other sale you’d find at big-box retailers.Hoosiers can #optoutside to enjoy the outdoors with discounts and opportunities to win 2019 state park passes and other prizes.

Two Black Friday discounts are available to everyone. One requires downloading a coupon. The discounts only apply to Black Friday, Nov. 23. They are:

—Free admission to any state park, reservoir or state forest recreation area that charges gate admission on that day.

—Twenty percent off a meal at an Indiana State Park Inn. Download a coupon from Indiana State Parks Special Events page at

People who visit a state park, state reservoir or state forest recreation area on Black Friday can engage in social media and participate in a scavenger hunt to be entered in drawings for prizes. The drawings are:

—Post a photo to the Indiana State Parks Facebook page or to the DNR Instagram page from your Black Friday 2018 visit and you’ll be entered into a drawing for annual passes, lake permits and more. Include the hashtag #optoutside or #optoutsideIN when you post your photo.

—Camp at a state park or state forest recreation area, or stay at an Indiana State Park Inn on Black Friday 2018, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for camping or inn gift cards. The first 20 to post a photo to the Indiana State Parks Facebook page of your camping trip or inn visit on Black Friday 2018 will receive a logoed #OptOutside Indiana State Parks winter knit cap.  Include the hashtag #optoutside, #optoutsideINN or #optoutsideCAMP with your post.

—Complete the #optoutside scavenger hunt at and return it to the email or address on the page to be entered in a separate drawing for 2019 annual passes. The first 20 scavenger hunts returned will receive a logoed #OptOutside Indiana State Parks winter knit hat.

—Everyone who posts a photo or participates in the scavenger hunt will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a gift pack from the outdoor gear retailer REI in Castleton. The local REI store is a supporter of the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation and Indiana State Parks.

Hit the outdoors after you are finished shopping to decompress or just go straight outdoors.

Outdoor gear retailer REI started the #optoutside initiative in 2015, announcing it would close its stores on Black Friday to encourage people to experience nature instead of waiting in long lines at cash registers. For more information, visit

The Indiana State Parks Facebook page is The DNR Instagram page is

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