Proof of vaccination can bring free admission to state parks

Staff Report

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will allow individuals to visit Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site and other Louisiana State Parks, as part of an announcement last week from Gov. John Bel Edwards and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser.

The Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site and Gary J. Hebert Memorial Lockhouse – named in memory the late founder of the Plaquemine landmark – are among the state park sites residents can visit free of charge with proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Free entry will be extended through July 31.

As part of an effort to Bring Back Louisiana Summer and encourage people to go Sleeves Up and get their COVID-19 shots, free admission to Louisiana state parks is being offered now for anyone who has been vaccinated, Edwards and Nungesser said.

Vaccinated individuals can gain free entry into all of Louisiana’s 21 State Parks through July 31. This offer is available to all visitors from Louisiana and elsewhere who have been vaccinated, no matter when they got their shot. This offer does not extend to tour groups.

With new and improved facilities, there has never been a better time to take advantage of Louisiana’s beautiful state parks. Many sites also offer splash pads for kids. Visit LAStateParks.Com for a full list of sites. These perks are part of the Bring Back Louisiana Summer initiative, which will announce more fun rewards in the near future.

“Louisiana’s state parks are beautiful, educational and now free for those who are vaccinated against COVID-19, which is a great way to help Bring Back Louisiana and celebrate our state this summer,” Gov. Edwards said. “I appreciate Lt. Governor Nungesser’s support of the Bring Back Louisiana campaign and for making admission free for the vaccinated,” Gov. Edwards said. “In addition to the offer of free entrance in Louisiana State Parks, a number of national companies are offering incentives to their customers and employees who take the COVID-19 vaccine.

“ Today we announced some new perks for people who are vaccinated, but we have more announcements planned for the coming weeks, so people should go get their shots now so they don’t miss out,” Edwards said. “Right now, nearly 32 percent of our population is fully vaccinated, and that number needs to keep growing.”

"As we open our doors to tourists from across Louisiana and the world, we are glad to participate and offer this incentive, that will bring visitors to our beautiful State Parks,” Lt. Gov. Nungesser said.

For a full list of Louisiana’s State Parks, visit: https://www.lastateparks.com/state-parks-historic-sites