Visit a state park for free on New Year’s Day

Whether you are here at home in the South Sound, or elsewhere in Washington, visiting a state park might be a good option on New Year’s Day.

Thursday will be one of 12 days when Washington State Parks will not require a Discover Pass to enter a park. For the full list of free state park days in 2015, go to parks.wa.gov.

Nearly two dozen state parks are within a 30-minute drive of Olympia and Tacoma. Options include Tolmie and Jarrell Cove in the deep South Sound, Twanoh and Belfair on Hood Canal, and Dash Point and Kopachuck in the Tacoma area.

Your options only increase if you want to make a day trip. Choices include Fort Worden in Port Townsend, Cama Beach on Camano Island, Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco and Fort Ebey on Whidbey Island.

Another option for a New Year’s Day getaway is to dig for razor clams. The Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis beach areas will be open for digging that day. Low tide will be at 4:01 p.m., with the best digging an hour or two before low tide. Learn more at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams.