This Black Friday skip the stores, lines, crowds and mayhem and head out to one of New York State's state parks for free.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that the State will waive fees to every state park on Black Friday, November 24.

With more than 250 state parks to choose from, you're bound to find an experience that even in the cold, will make for a new holiday tradition for your family.

NYS officials are also encouraging New Yorkers to join in on other events like Buy Nothing Day and the Thanksgiving Walk Off. You can participate in both events at state parks across New York State.

You can find more information on these and other NYS events at