A library trip can earn Floridians free admission to state parks this summer

ORLANDO, Fla. — This summer, a trip to the library can get Floridians free admission to one of more than 170 participating state parks.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida State Parks and the Florida Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services have teamed up to give all Floridians access to Florida’s state parks with the Real Florida Reader Day Pass.


“A visit to one of Florida’s state parks goes hand-in-hand with a visit to the library,” said DEP Secretary Shawn Hamilton. “We welcome all Floridians to read about our state’s diverse environment and culture and then get outside and experience these natural wonders firsthand.”

This year’s library summer reading theme is “Oceans of Possibilities.”

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Library-goers are encouraged to check out books about Florida’s wildlife and natural resources and then explore one of our award-winning state parks to experience these resources firsthand.

“We are proud to partner with Florida State Parks to offer park passes in Florida’s public libraries,” said Secretary of State Cord Byrd. “Florida has a rich historical and cultural heritage. The Real Florida Reader initiative provides the perfect opportunity for Floridians to get outside this summer to explore Florida’s natural treasures.”

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According to a news release, Floridians can use their public library card to check out a Real Florida Reader Day Pass, which provides free admission to state parks for up to eight people in a vehicle.

This promotion runs through Sept. 12, 2022.

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To find out more about the Real Florida Reader Day Pass, CLICK HERE.

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