Act now to avoid a significant increase in the cost of a Lifetime Pass to National Park Service sites. The price of a pass for Seniors 62 and over jumps from $10 to $80 on August 27th. You can purchase the pass in person with no service fee at one of the many NPS sites in New York City, including the Statue of Liberty, Federal Hall and Hamilton Grange.
If purchased online, you’ll pay $25 ($10 plus a $10 processing fee and a $5 handling fee).
You can also purchase by mail for $20 if your application is postmarked by Aug. 27, 2017.
It’s the first increase in Lifetime Pass costs since 1994, and the extra money will be used to enhance services, including visitors centers and roadways.
There are a dozen National Park Service sites in the NYC area, including
- The new Stonewall National Monument in the Village, memorializing the site of the uprising that created momentum for the movement for LGBT civil rights
- The African Burial Ground National Monument in the Financial District, where slaves were buried in the late 1600s and early 1700s. The site was discovered during excavations for a skyscraper.
- General Grant National Memorial, which we all call Grant’s Tomb, where the Civil War general and US President is buried, with his wife.
- Gateway National Recreation Area, which sprawls over 27,000 acres of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and parts of New Jersey, and contains some of the best beaches, wildlife viewing areas, boating areas and hiking and biking trails on the planet.
And there are more National Park Sites close enough for a daytrip, including The Franklin D. Roosevelt Museum and Library in Hyde Park in the Hudson Valley.
A pass includes FREE parking, with some notable exceptions like Mt. Rushmore.
Here’s a list of all the NPS sites in New York State with free admission with NPS park passes.
Even without a pass, there’s FREE admission to National Park Sites several times a year. Next free admission date in 2017 is August 25th, the NPS birthday, celebrating 101 years.
The Lifetime Pass for Seniors is just one of many NPS passes. Learn about the various NPS Passes here.
How many National Park Service sites have you been to?