If there's one thing Austinites seem to love about their city, it's the endless state parks nearby to go exploring at. Since Texas began reopening in phases, state parks all across the Lone Star State have been able to allow guests back in, with precautions in place. Some open Austin parks now require a day pass to get in, which isn't something they'd normally ask of their everyday guest.

Starting today, Emma Long Metropolitan Park, Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park, and Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park now require a day pass to be purchased online or over the phone before arriving Thursday through Sunday.

The City of Austin announced this news in a press release, where they included that a limited number of passes would be available per day.

With limited passes being available per day, the parks will be able to monitor how many people are there at a time. 

Daily entry fees still apply to Emma Long Metropolitan Park and Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park, and entry into Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park will remain free.

But for all three parks, a day pass must be acquired before entering.

As of Friday, May 8 all three parks were under watch by the Austin Department to monitor park capacity.

This new rule starting today will keep an even closer eye on things and "staff will be on-site to educate park patrons and inform them of closures," according to the press release.

All three parks offer many activities such as fishing, swimming, barbecuing, and more.

You can visit the websites for Emma Long Metropolitan Park, Commons Ford, and Walter E Long to learn more about purchasing your day pass before arriving.

Once you've purchased your day pass online or over the phone, be sure not to forget it at home. 

No one wants to make the same trip twice, no matter how worth it these parks are.

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