Sunday, many state parks in Maine are waving their entrance fees for residents.

Mainers get to explore many of the state's state parks and historic sites free. Sunday, June 20, is the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands annual Maine Resident Day. On Sunday only, any vehicle with Maine registration plates and it's occupants will be admitted free. While most state parks are participating the following are not:

  • Acadia National Park
  • Allagash Wilderness Waterway
  • Baxter State Park
  • Peacock Beach
  • The Maine Wildlife Park
  • Scarborough Beach State Park
  • Swan Island
  • Penobscot River Corridor
  • Penobscot Narrows Observatory

Although visitation fees remain in place for a trip to the top of the Penobscot Narrows Observatory, entry to Fort Knox will be free to residents.

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Paul Wolfe, Townsquare Media

Occasionally, entry to Acadia National Park is free for all. The next opportunity to explore the park for free is coming up in August. Fee-free days do not cover amenities or use fees for activities like camping, boat launch use, transportation, or special tours.

Acadia National Park 2021 Fee-Free Days:

Want more free stuff to do this weekend? It's also a Free Fishing Weekend. In honor of Father's Day, anyone can fish Maine waters without a license, June 19-20. Those planning to take part without fishing licenses must register online. Ages 15 and younger do not need to register.

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All other laws and regulations must be followed. Those regulations and bag limits can vary depending on the body of water you choose to fish. It's recommended that you read through the 2021 Maine Open Water and Ice Fishing Law Book.

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