Go State: State Park Passes For Senior Adventurers
If you’re 62+ you carry the National Park Senior Pass in your wallet, pocket, or glove compartment, correct?
If you’re 62+ you’ve figured out all the goodies associated with National Parks Senior Pass, correct? Campground discounts, US Forest Service parking passes, discounts on park tours. You know to ask on site if you’re not sure? You know to look for signs if you’re in an unfamiliar federally-owned location? Great.
Time to get going….
If you’re 62+ and don’t have an NPS Senior Pass, tsk tsk….Muddy Boots at bossy best is insisting, no excuses: get cracking and check the sidebar to this post or click right on this very spot. This is an immediate to-do list item. NOW.
And if you’re disabled but maybe not 62+, no excuses for you, either. The links are calling you too (as is Muddy Boots proverbial bossy best).
Get creative: turn your mission to get a Senior Pass into an adventure all on its own! Look at the map, find the National Park nearest to you, and make a plan right now to go there on the double. Put the required ID in your pocket, toss a picnic in the trunk of your car, check the Park brochure online through the National Park Service and toodle on down.
What about State Parks?
Okay, so far so good. But this all begs the question. What if you’d really like to take advantage of a State Park? Perhaps it has a crème de la crème campground, a beach that is a must, a trail that will keep you exercised and curious, a group activity that may help you feel not so lonesome.
Or maybe it’s just convenient while you’re on your way somewhere else, and it sounds way more fun than driving another fifty miles on the interstate, besides you’ve always wanted to know what it was like to be a soldier during the Civil War. But dang, it costs how much to participate in that little foray?
Or maybe you have a kayak on your roof and you just don’t know what to do with it except go kayaking and there’s a cool pond, with a large entrance fee. Big trouble for a budget-pincher. Or do you get a discount?
Where do you find out?
All is not lost. Muddy Boots, ever the provider of adventures small and large, has a link. Yes, information all in one location for every single state. May as well be custom-designed for a Muddy Bootser. So here ya go: State Park Entrance Passes. Need a repeat link ‘cos it got messed up first go round? It’s right here.
Keep in mind that though a given state might not give advantageous rates to seniors in general, there may be other categories you fit into. Low income resident? Veteran? Guardian of a free-or-reduced-lunch child? Read carefully.
Not to mention, even an annual pass—senior or no—at a local State Park might meet your needs: a beach, a walk, a get-together, birding, biking… Muddy Boot—at bossy opinionated best—says to check the fine print closely and go have fun.
See you out there!
Photo Credits. Featured image, Fort Worden State Park WA: CC BY 2.0 by John Loo via Flickr. Top photo, Silver Falls State Park OR: CC BY 2.0 by Ian Sane via Flickr. Hawn State Park MO: CC BY-ND 2.0 by Carol Norquist via Flickr. Prairie Rose State Park IA: CC BY 2.0 by dwstucke via Flickr. Chicot State Park Ville Platte LA: CC BY 2.0 by Richard Byrd via Flickr. Dinosaur Point State Park CA: CC BY-SA 2.0 by Jason Jenkins via Flickr.