ROCHESTER, Minn. - This is the third year of the #OPTOUTSIDE movement and it's hit Minnesota.
The movement was started by Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), when the store closed its doors on Black Friday and paid empolyees to spend the day outdoors.
Nonprofits and states join in on the movement.
Minnesota joined in by having Free Park Friday, where all its state parks had free admission and parking.
The Wimmer family said the free parking helped them spend the day outside.
"I've got a sticker for two of my vehicles but I have a lot of relatives here from Michigan, so this way we didn't have to worry about who's driving what car, and we needed more than two cars," Neil Wimmer said.
The family played football, had a picnic, and went on a hike.
Acacia Wimmer, Neil's daughter, wouldn't have it any other way.
"I'd much rather be out, outdoors, walking around and getting some exercise, and especially with the winter coming up and being cooped up all winter it's nice to get outside like I said on this beautiful day," she said.
But for her, the day is all about family.
"Spending the day with family is so important and I think that's something that, um, a lot of people have kind of strayed away from," she said.
As for spending the day outdoors?
"We all loving being outside, it's part of our family, I think it's in our genes," she said.