Governor DeSantis Announces Free Florida State Parks Admission for Memorial Day Weekend

On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that Florida State Parks will offer free admission on Memorial Day Weekend to kick off Florida’s summer. In addition, DeSantis announced he would be signing legislation that creates a sales tax holiday throughout July.

“Florida is stepping up to make summer more affordable for families,” DeSantis said.“While the federal government is causing high inflation and skyrocketing costs for families, Florida’s smart fiscal policies allow us to reduce taxes and help reduce the burden on Floridians.”

The free parks admission will run from May 24-27, 2024.

“Florida’s 175 award-winning state parks are second to none,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Shawn Hamilton. “I encourage all of Florida’s residents and visitors to take advantage of these extra savings and discover the unique experiences the real Florida has to offer.”

The sales tax holiday in July will remove sales tax on items families use during the summer, including:

Boating and water activity supplies:

  • Goggles and snorkels ($25 or less) 
  • Pool toys ($35 or less)
  • Coolers, Life jackets, Paddles ($75 or less)
  • Inflatable water tubes and floats, Wakeboards ($150 or less)
  • Paddleboards, Surfboards ($300 or less)
  • Canoes, Kayaks ($500 or less)

Fishing Supplies: 

  • Bait and Tackle ($5 or less for individual items, $10 or less for multiple items sold together)
  • Tackle boxes ($30 or less)
  • Reels, Rods ($75 or less)

Camping Supplies: 

  • Flashlights ($30 or less)
  • Sleeping bags, Camping chairs ($50 or less)
  • Tents ($200 or less)

Outdoor Supplies: 

  • Sunscreen ($15 or less)
  • Water bottles ($30 or less)
  • Bicycle helmets ($50 or less)
  • Outdoor grills ($250 or less)
  • Bicycles ($500 or less)

Admissions to events or performances scheduled to be held between July 1, 2024 and December 31, 2024:

  • Live music events
  • Live sporting events
  • Movies to be shown in a movie theater
  • Ballets
  • Plays
  • Fairs
  • Festivals

Admissions purchased for any of the following:

  • Museums, including annual passes
  • State parks, including annual passes
  • Season tickets for ballets, plays, music events, and musical theater performances

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