SEBRING — Enjoy walking through magnificent trails and hiking through native landscape for free on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, at Highlands Hammock State Park. All state and national parks are offering fee-free admission in honor of the holiday.
Fees are normally $6 per vehicle at Highlands Hammock, but that fee is waived on Sunday. The park opens at 8 a.m. and closes at sunset.
The park features a walking bridge over a cypress swamp that allows visitors to gaze at aquatic wildlife and see massive cypress trees with their knees extending out of the water. Numerous bike and walking trails offer a chance to enjoy nature on a free day with cooler fall weather.
Children can play on the playground equipment and sit down for a meal at one of the picnic benches. The Exploration Station, a hands-on exhibit that displays native plants and animals, provides a fun educational experience for people of all ages.
For those who love history, the Civilian Conservation Corps Museum gives a glimpse of the country’s efforts to pull itself out of the Great Depression. The corps helped stem unemployment and provide hope to thousands of young men.
Besides free admission on Veterans Day, Highlands Hammock State Park will be offering a 10 percent discount at the Hammock Inn Camp Store to veterans with a military ID on Sunday and Monday. Veterans may also take a free tram ride around the park on Monday at either 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. The tram rides are free, but seating is limited.
Enjoy free admission to Highlands Hammock State Park or any state or national park on Sunday, Nov. 11.