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Wall Street Journal, November, 2003

Thursday, March 17, 2005


Happy St. Patrick's Day and early Spring. To commemorate the beginning of Spring and the warmer weather soon to follow, we are discussing discounts available at state parks in this week's Senior Special section as we have done in the past around this time.

We had a great time in Philadelphia at the Joint Conference of the American Society on Aging and the National Council on the Aging last week. It was very exciting to participate in a large forum specifically on the important role of seniors for businesses.

We have discounts on three different state parks in this week's Senior Treasure section.

Enter our $100 Submit a Discount contest and our $10 Weekly Internet Challenge in the Contests section below.

In our PrimeTimer's discussion section, we want to hear from you about the types of discounts you'd like featured in our new SeniorDiscounts Card program. Read below for more details.


State Parks

State parks are a great way to experience the natural beauty a state has to offer and most state parks offer some form of senior discount. State parks also have discounts for children, the disabled, the financially strained and annual passes for frequent users.

The majority of senior discounts offered at state parks are for those 62 years of age or older, although some discounts start at 55. There are even a few states that offer both a senior discount for younger seniors and free admission for people over 70. There are no age restrictions for the disabled or for frequent use passes. Children, usually under 6 years old, can get in free at many of the state parks.

Discounts for seniors vary state to state. Some states require the purchase of an annual pass which can be used at all of the state's parks. Others offer a discount on the entrance fee, which you can obtain on arrival to the park. Be sure to bring an ID with proof of age with you in either case. Parks that don't offer a discount pass usually provide discounts ranging from 25% to 75% off the fee for entry.

State parks often charge a nominal fee for the initial purchase of an annual pass. With the pass, admission is then either free or discounted. Passes may also provide discounts on other park services, such as cabin rentals, camping, or fishing. Check with the state park beforehand, as not all states offer discounts on these services.

Frequent use passes or annual passes can be purchased at most parks that charge admission, but check the parks' web site for information on purchasing these passes online, through the mail, or by phone. Passes for the disabled and the financially strained can typically be obtained this way as well. Be prepared to fill out a form and to have documentation that proves your disability or financial status.

Visit our web site to locate information on state park discounts. Due to the large number of state parks within the US, doesn't have a complete list yet, but we are working on it. For example, Massachusetts and New Hampshire both offer free senior day passes and discounts on some services.

To find out the specifics of the discounts available in a particular state, visit that state's park web site. There, you should be able to locate details and restrictions. If you do not see information about senior discounts, call or e-mail the local park or be sure to inquire about the discounts available to seniors when you arrive.

To find discounts on State Parks in your area, go to our Discount Search Form located on our web site and select the National Parks category.

If you know of a State Park discount we don't already have listed on our site, please tell us on our Senior Add a Discount page, (you could be eligible to win $100). Click here.


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Discounts Submitted
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Barbara-Ann, from Prescott, AZ, tells us that the New Frontiers Natural Marketplace provides seniors 65 and older with a 10% discount every Tuesday and Thursday.

Nancy, from Portsmouth, VA, tells us that Lana's Whim Antiques, Rare & Used Books has a 10% discount on Tuesdays for people 55 and older.

Jackie of Carpenterville, IL informs us that Carson Pirie Scott provides an additional 20% discount to seniors 55 and older on selected Wednesdays when the Carson's credit card is used. Save 15% with any other method of payment.

Thanks for all of your submissions.

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New York State Parks

New York State residents 62 or older can obtain free vehicle access to state parks and arboretums, fee reduction to state historic sites and for state-operated swimming, golf, tennis and boat rentals. Discount available on any weekday, except holidays.


For more information on the New York State Park discount, click here.

Texas State Parks
Texas State parks provide Texas residents 65 years of age and older with a 50% reduced entry fee. (Residents and nonresidents who turned 65 before September 1, 1995 are entitled to waive entry fees at state parks.)

For more information on the Texas State Park discount, click here.

California State Parks
California State Parks provide a discount for people 62 years of age or older with proof of age based on California Driver License or other identification card. This year-round senior permit provides a $1.00 discount for vehicle parking and a $2.00 discount for family camping in state-operated parks.
Do you know of a discount that we don't? Tell us at and you could win $100. Thanks again.


For more information on the California State Park discount, click here.


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Submit a Discount Contest

Win $100 -- we have started the new contest and are looking for any and all NEW Senior Discounts. This means discounts we don't already have on our web site. Ask at your favorite place of business and find out if it offers a senior discount. If it does, submit it on our web site. The more discounts you enter, the better your chances of winning. Click here to enter. As always, we greatly appreciate your participation in adding value to our service.

Weekly Internet Challenge

Answer the trivia question and you will be entered to WIN a complimentary $10 gift certificate from

This Week's Challenge:
Which two rivers in the United States are died green every year on St. Patrick's Day?

To answer: Click Here and tell us your answer to the Weekly Challenge. Good luck!

Last Week's Challenge Question:
In honor of Steve Fossett and his GlobalFlyer mission: What is the circumference of the earth at the equator?
Challenge Answer:
24,901.55 miles, but we accepted anything from 24,000 to 25,000 miles.

Our winner this week is Elizabeth Varney of Harpswell, ME. She will receive a $10 Gift Certificate from Elizabeth, please e-mail us at: to claim your prize.

Mistakes Contest!

We can always use help keeping our database of discounts current and our web site free of errors. If you find a discount that is not correct, no longer valid, or an error on our web site, let us know and we will send you a gift. Just e-mail us at: with the correction you have found and please include a description of the mistake. We appreciate your help.

For great deals on books with senior discounts, click here.


St. Patrick's Day Facts

New York's St. Patrick's Day parade is the longest running civilian parade in the world. This year nearly three million spectators are expected to watch the spectacle and some 150,000 participants plan to march.

By law, pubs in Ireland were closed on St. Patrick's Day, a national religious holiday, as recently as the 1970s.

Guinness stout, first brewed by Arthur Guinness in Dublin, Ireland, in 1759, has become synonymous with Ireland and Irish bars. According to the company's Web site, 1,883,200,000 (that's 1.9 billion) pints of Guinness are consumed around the world every year.

          has thousands of discounts listed on our web site. We are working hard to partner with these businesses to offer you a special, more valuable discount as a member of our new SeniorDiscounts Card program. Look for more details and registration information which will be available soon. would like to know what types of discounts you especially want to see in our new program. Just e-mail us at

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May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
--Irish Blessing, Saying

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