With 175 state parks spanning nearly 800,000 acres, the Florida Park Service is one of the largest in the United States. And if you are a Florida resident age 65+, you can get access to all this beauty at quite a considerable discount!
Is There A Senior Discount To Florida State Parks?
Florida seniors aged 65 or more get access to a 50% discount on the base camping fee. Aside from that, this discount is available to Florida citizens possessing a 100% disability award certificate from the federal government or a current Social Security disability award certificate.
According to the FAQ page of the Florida State Service, the offer is available for up to 4 people per site.
To receive the discount, you don’t need to register for the reservation yourself, but you are required to stay at the site for the duration of the reservation. You also need to show proof of residency via one of the following Florida-issued documents:
- Driver’s license.
- ID card.
- Voter Registration Card.
- Another official document that will serve as a declaration of residency.
To prove your age, you must show one of the following:
- Birth certificate.
- Florida Permanent Driver’s License.
- Florida Permanent ID card.
- Florida Senior Citizen Hunting or Fishing Certificate.
- Any other government-issued document that shows your age.
As an alternative or addition to the senior discount, you may also purchase the Florida State Parks Annual Pass. The Individual Annual Entrance Pass costs $60 a year and allows entry for the holder of the pass, while the Family Pass is $120 and covers groups of up to 8 people.
With the Florida State Parks Annual Pass, you may access all parks without paying the daily entrance fee. An exception is Skyway Fishing Pier State Park where the Pass makes you eligible for a 33% discount.
The Florida State Park service also offers discounts for certain categories of persons:
- Active duty and honorably discharged veterans can get 25% off.
- Honorably discharged veterans who have service-related disabilities or surviving spouses and parents of deceased veterans get free Lifetime Military Entrance Passes, which give you the same benefits as the regular pass.
- Surviving spouses and parents of Florida law enforcement officers and firefighters get Free Lifetime Entrance Passes.
- Families operating a licensed family foster home are eligible for free Family Annual Entrance Passes.
- Families who adopt special needs children are eligible for a one-time free Family Annual Entrance Pass.
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