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 $120 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.
The Senior MassParks Pass is available to Massachusetts residents 62 year of age or older and is valid for the lifetime of the passholder. The pass covers day use parking fees for vehicles occupied by the pass holder, whether as driver or passenger.
Senior MassParks Pass Fee
- Effective March 1, 2015, there is a one-time, nominal fee for a Senior MassParks Pass of $10.00. DCR will continue to honor Senior MassParks Passes previously issued by the agency.
How to Purchase a Senior MassParks Pass
Senior MassParks Passes are available for purchase at all parks that charge a parking fee during the period that parking fees are charged. Most parks and beaches charge parking fees from mid-May through early September, some charge through early October, and several charge parking fees year-round. Typically, Senior MassParks Passes will be available for sale at the contact station. Please keep in mind that most parks can only accept cash or check made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and cannot accept credit cards. A copy of your MA driver’s license or other official proof of MA residency and age will be required.
Senior MassParks Passes can also be obtained by writing to: DCR MassParks, 251 Causeway Street, Boston, MA 02114, Attn: Senior MassParks Pass Coordinator. Please submit with your request a copy of your MA driver’s license or other official proof of MA residency and age and a check made payable to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. (No cash will be accepted.)
The Senior MassParks Pass is not valid at campgrounds and its use is subject to available parking.
Senior MassParks Pass Day Use Parking Fee Waiver
Day use parking fees are waived for holders of a Senior MassParks Pass, in addition to holders of an Annual MassPark Pass and vehicles bearing a handicapped license plate, Purple Heart Recipient or placard or disabled veteran license plate, from any state. These waivers do not apply to camping fees and their use is subject to available parking. DCR does not waive day use parking fees for holders of fishing or hunting licenses, National Park passes, or other states’ annual passes.
The Senior MassParks Pass is not valid at Quabbin Reservoir.