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National Park Passes

by Nancy Bick
(Rockville Centre, NY)

US National Parks Senior Pass

US National Parks Senior Pass

Question: What is an National Parks Senior Pass? It is mentioned in your post on beach parking fees? Thank you.

Dee's Reply: Hi Nancy - The Senior Pass is one of several special passes that can be used for free parking at Cape Cod National Seashore beaches. (It's accepted by multiple agencies at more than 2,000 federal parks and recreation areas in the USA.)

Here's a brief overview of each type of pass:

U.S. National Parks "America The Beautiful" Passes

Senior Passes - If you're a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and you're at least 62 years old, you're eligible for a Senior Pass. At only $20 for an annual pass or $80 for a lifetime pass, it's a fantastic bargain!

Annual Pass - This one is for US citizens and permanent residents who are 16 to 61 years of age. It costs $80, and it's good for ... you guessed it ... one year.

Access Pass - The Access Pass is for US citizens and permanent residents who are legally blind or permanently disabled. There's no charge for the Access Pass, and it's valid for the owner's lifetime.

Cape Cod National Seashore Annual Pass - The National Parks passes I've described (above) can be used at lots of national parks and federal recreation areas around the country. This pass, on the other hand, is only valid at the Cape Cod National Seashore. The CCNS Annual Pass costs $60, and it's good for 12 months from the month in which it's purchased.

Where to Get The Passes

Here are links to more details about the passes, where you can use them, what they cover, and how to get them:

America The Beautiful National Parks Passes

Cape Cod National Seashore Passes Pass

I hope this information is helpful for you. If you have other questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

Best Regards,


(Page Last Updated: February 25, 2021)

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Purchase a Senior Pass From Out of State
by: Anonymous

If I am renting a home for a vacation week, can I purchase the senior pass?

Dee's Reply: Your sure can! The senior passes are available for anyone who's a citizen/permanent resident of the USA and at least 62 years of age.

Just a reminder: Your National Parks Senior Pass isn't valid for parking at town-managed beaches - only at National Seashore beaches.

For parking (in season) at a town-managed beach, you'll need a town-issued parking pass. Each town has it's own rules about who can purchase a town-issued pass.

You'll find more info about parking passes for town-managed beaches in my Town-by-Town Beach Guides, here:

Cape Cod Beaches

I hope this helps! Enjoy your visit to Cape Cod!!


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