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Free entrance to national and state parks for Veterans Day


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Everyone can enjoy free entry at national and state parks to celebrate Veterans Day.

U.S. National Parks: Entrance fees are waived on Saturday through Monday.

Explore Everglades National Park. There are lots of fun things to do.

Shark Valley: Ride the tram or bike the 15-mile loop on and see thousands of beautiful migratory birds and countless alligators sunning themselves on the road. Call 305-221-8455 or visit Everglades Guided Tour page for bike rental and tram prices and times.

Anhinga Amble: Free 10:30 a.m. daily ranger-led 30-minute tour down the Anhinga Trail let's visitors easily view alligators, wading birds and other wildlife. Meet at Royal Palm Visitor Center benches. Call 305-242-7700 for more info.

Nike Missile Base: Explore the historic Cold War U.S. Army Nike Missile Site HM-69. Tours are offered from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Sundays through Dec. 15. Reservations are required. Call 305-242-7700. On Monday, tTour the base from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Veterans Day Annual Open House. No reservations required.

Other parks on the Florida list include Dry Tortugas National Park, Canaveral National Seashore, Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Florida state parks: Fees are waived on Sunday.

The Conch Stomp Band gives a bluegass concert from 2 to 4 p.m. at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park in Palm Beach. Or frolic in the sand at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne and have a picnic at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Dania. Another run options is canoeing or Rollerblading on the 1.9-mile road at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, right, in Fort Lauderdale.

Find a South Florida state park with addresses and hours.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is waiving some its recreational area fees on Sunday for veterans. Vets can use boat ramps and swimming beach areas in the Lake Okeechobee area for free, with only verbal confirmation of veteran status required. The freebie does not apply to campgrounds or picnic shelter.

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Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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