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
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, SeniorDiscounts.com
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
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
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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.
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,