Score the ultimate Black Friday deal: Fresh Air

Photo courtesy of Lusten Mountains

The day after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday, is known to many as the start of holiday shopping season. Crazed crowds of people standing in line for hours, trampling through the aisles, vying for the best bargains. Sounds awful, right?

Instead of opening their stores to the shopping masses, last year all REI retail locations across the country encouraged their employees and customers to spend the day in the great outdoors by being closed on Black Friday. The campaign was called #OptOutside, and the co-op plans on doing the same for the second year in a row.

So after you’ve stuffed your face with mashed potatoes, turkey, and pie, spend Black Friday getting your fill of fresh air.

Governor Mark Dayton and Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith have proclaimed Friday, November 25 to be “Free Park Friday” at all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. Yep, all of Minnesota’s beautiful state parks and recreation areas are completely free for all to enjoy.

Northern Minnesota’s Lutsen Mountains wants to add to the fresh air fun by offering a “Free Ski Day” on Black Friday with free lift tickets. If you’re not a ski lover, you can take a free gondola ride to Lutsen’s Summit Chalet and scenic overlooks on Moose Mountain. As for guests who come for the long holiday weekend, you can take advantage of Lutsen’s half-price holiday package, which will include the free Friday, so you’ll basically be skiing three days for the price of one.

Go for a hike. Burn off all those calories you consumed. Enjoy our winter wonderland, and enjoy the best deal of all: the freedom to hang out Mother Nature.


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