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Entry to the Perdido Key, Fort Barrancas, and Okaloosa areas of the Gulf Islands National Seashore will be free this weekend in honor of Veterans Day.

The seashore’s normal entrance fees will be waived on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12; however, the park’s Fort Pickens and Santa Rosa areas remain closed for road repairs and storm cleanup following last month’s Hurricane Nate.

Park areas and visitor centers, except for the Fort Pickens and Santa Rosa areas, will be open normal hours on both days.

Each year, national parks throughout the country waive entrance fees on Veterans Day in gratitude for the service and sacrifice of those who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Originally known as Armistice Day, November 11 was initially set aside to commemorate the end of hostilities during World War I. Following World War II, the holiday was changed to Veterans Day to honor all of those who have served in the nation’s armed forces. Several national parks throughout the country preserve the stories of those who have served, including Gulf Islands National Seashore.

All Florida state parks, including Big Lagoon, Perdido Key, and Tarkiln Bayou, will offer free admission on Saturday, November 11.

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