If you’d like to ring in the New Year enjoying the outdoors, several Florida state parks are accommodating.
First Day Hikes and other New Year’s Day activities are offered at various state parks, usually included with the regular entry fee.
- Birch State Park offers beach clean-up 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., hike about 10:30 a.m., and live animal presentation at 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 3109 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale 33304, 954-564-4521, entry is $4 for 1 person in a vehicle, $6 per vehicle for 2 to 8 people, $2 for walk-ins on foot or bike, fees waived for bleach clean-up volunteers
- Mizell-Johnson State Park in Dania Beach First Day Hike 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., 6503 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach 33004 954- 923-2833, entry fee is $4 for 1 person in vehicle or $6 per vehicle with 2 to 8 people, $2 for bike and walk-ins
- Sebastian Inlet State Park in Vero Beach, First Day Hike 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 14251 North A1A
Vero Beach 32963, 321-984-4852, entry fee is $4 for 1 person in a vehicle, $2 on foot or bike, or $8 per vehicle for 2 to 8 people in a vehicle
- Oleta River State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. includes hike and folk music, 3400 NE 163rd Street, North Miami 33160, 305 919-1844
Read about other Florida State Parks. Broward parks & nature centers are open New Year’s Day, and some nature centers are offering hikes for $5. Entry for some Broward parks on weekends and holidays is $1.50 per person for ages 6 and older. Entry is usually always free at nature centers