In January 2015, the Commonwealth of MA modified certain MassParks day use parking fees, including the following:
- An increase in day use parking fees at parks and beaches that charge a parking fee. In addition, the day use parking fee for vehicles with out-of-state license plates is now slightly higher than for those with Massachusetts license plates.
- An increase in fees for the annual MassParks Pass to $60 for MA residents and to $85 for non-MA residents. The charge for adding a second vehicle to an Annual Pass is now $25.
- Effective March 15, 2015, a new, one-time fee of $10 for a lifetime Senior MassParks Pass for Massachusetts residents 62 years or older. DCR will continue to honor Senior MassParks Passes previously issued by the agency.
The new revenue raised by the increased fees will be used by DCR to address critical staffing and infrastructure needs across the state park system. DCR has been sensitive to the economy, and we have not increased our day use fees statewide since 2004.
In the coming weeks, DCR will post individual park day use parking fees by location on this website. Visitors may also see park signage for updated fee information.
Most DCR facilities charge a day use parking fee, and a small number also charge a surcharge that funds a trust to benefit the specific facility. To see a list of parks that charge a day use parking fee and the fee amount, see Day Use Parking Fees webpage.
Daily parking fees are waived for vehicles displaying an Annual MassParks Pass, holders of a lifetime Senior MassParks Pass, and vehicles bearing a handicapped license plate, Purple Heart Recipient or placard or disabled veteran license plate, from any state.
Bus Parking Fees
Parking is available at some state parks and beaches for groups traveling by bus with a capacity of 16 or more passengers. Groups planning to visit a state park should contact the facility in advance to inquire about the availability of bus parking and to make parking reservations.
The bus parking fee at most DCR facilities is $35 per day at inland beaches, scenic areas, and historic areas and $50 per day at ocean beaches. Most of the state parks and beaches in the Boston Region do not have bus parking fees.
Youth Group Bus Passes, which represent a discount over bus parking fees, are available for groups consisting primarily of children under 18 years that are traveling in buses with a capacity of 16 or more people. These passes are available for single or 10-day visits.
Are you a regular visitor to DCR parks or beaches? DCR’s Annual MassParks Pass offers you a significant savings over daily parking charges. It covers day use parking fees for one vehicle for one calendar year, January through December, at most facilities where parking fees are charged. The fee is $60 for residents and $85 for non-residents, per year.
The Senior MassParks Pass, valid for the lifetime of the pass holder, is available to Massachusetts residents 62 year of age or older. Day use parking fees for vehicles occupied by the pass holder, whether as driver or passenger, are waived. The nominal, one-time fee for this pass is $10.00, effective March 15, 2015. DCR will honor Senior MassParks Passes issued previous to that date.
Borrow a Parks Pass from a participating library or recreation department and discover your Massachusetts State Parks! The Parks Pass entitles the bearer to free parking at over 50 facilities in the MassParks system that charge a day use parking fee.