For those who may not be aware, the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass is a lifetime pass and is currently available for $10 if purchased BEFORE August 28, 2017. As of that date, the price will increase to $80 for the lifetime pass and a new $20 annual Senior Pass will become available.
These passes are available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship.
The passes can be ordered online or via USPS. Orders postmarked before 8/28 will be honored at the $10 cost, plus a $10 handling fee, but will take some time to process. Please visit https://store.usgs.gov/senior-pass for detailed information.
You can also purchase these passes at a federal recreation site. However, due to the overwhelming demand, many of the sites have run out of the passes. Prior to going to a site, please check the “Alerts” on the site’s nps.gov page or call the park.
As of Tuesday, August 15, in the Charleston, SC area, Senior passes may be purchased daily from 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center, located at 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482. For more information call (843) 883-3123, x220.
-Submitted by Nancy Brown