The Florida Park Service honors U.S. military veterans by letting them visit any of the state's parks for free on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

In Tampa Bay, that means veterans and their families can spend the day exploring nature at Hillsborough River State Park or taking in Tampa Bay's unique history at the Ybor City State Museum, the state's only urban state park. They could also try a little quiet hiking/biking in the hilly terrain of Alafia River State Park in Fort Lonesome or join the crowds at Honeymoon Island State Park.

Veterans or those on active duty also can get discounts on Annual Entrance Passes. Free lifetime Military Entrance Passes are available for those veterans who have a service-connected disability. Click here for more information.

You may also purchase items from the state park shop, which is operated by Veterans4You LLC, a not-for-profit company committed to creating veteran employment opportunities wherever possible and to work the veterans suppliers.


The pictured statue is the Three Soldiers Detail, a bronze replica of the Vietnam Memorial statue in Washington, D.C. It can be seen year-round at Orman House Historic State Park in Apalachicola.


A Pinterest board full of creative and fun ideas have been compiled to assist you in planning your Veterans Day activities. Follow this link to view some of the activities you can do outdoors with family, friends or your treasured serviceman.


*excludes Skyway Fishing Pier State Park