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If you haven’t ventured to some of New Jersey’s beautiful state parks, now’s the time to change that. For the next year, entry to all New Jersey state parks, forests, and recreation areas will be free of charge. The one-year state parks fee holiday is one of several fee waivers and programs recently outlined by Governor Phil Murphy.

Kicking off with Memorial Day weekend, park entrance fees will be waived for all visitors, regardless of state residency. Anyone who already purchased a 2022 annual State Park Pass will automatically receive a full refund. Other individual park fees remain in place, including but not limited to camping, programs, and mobile sport fishing permits.

“While incentivizing tourism and economic activity in our local communities, the fee holiday also promotes access to green, open space; thriving waterways; and the many natural wonders that make us proud to call New Jersey our home,” Murphy said in a press release. “We thank the Department of Environmental Protection for its devoted environmental stewardship, which enables each and every New Jerseyan to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits that safe outdoor activities provide.”

The New Jersey State Park System has more than 50 sites, including Island Beach State Park, the only oceanfront swimming beach under the State Park Service’s administration. Lifeguards went on duty there on May 28. Lakefront lifeguards are anticipated to be on duty in mid-June at nine swimming areas throughout the state park system. Park users can check the status of their favorite swimming area at the State Park Service’s website.

“From High Point State Park in Sussex County to Cape May Point State Park in Cape May County, the state park system provides endless opportunities for recreation – from swimming, hiking and kayaking, to picnicking, exploring nature and experiencing our rich history,” Commissioner of Environmental Protection Shawn M. LaTourette said in a release.

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