Act now! Senior Lifetime Passes to National Parks price increase
If you're a senior and like to visit National Parks, you need to get a Senior Lifetime Pass this week, before the fee goes from $10 to $80 next Monday. If you're 62 or older, you're eligible.
Your best bet is to go to a park that charges (Ft. Stanwix in Rome is free, so does not sell the passes). From Central NY, the closest are the Finger Lakes National Forest north of Watkins Glen," Hyde Park, the home of President Franklin D Roosevelt in Dutchess County, and Steamtown in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Applying by mail or online will cost you an extra processing fee.. Here's the site for more information:
Parks Ranger Kelly Roman was our guest on Weekend Today in CNY, and says the extra money will go to an endowment for the National Park Service that will be used to upgrade and improve parks.
There are alternatives to the price hike: Annual passes are still $20, and if you buy them four years in a row you can convert to a Lifetime Senior pass. Citizens with permanent disabilities get free Lifetime Access passes. Volunteers may get passes after 250 hours of service.