Parking at Massachusetts state parks

Massachusetts state parks are free to enter and enjoy, but you may have to pay for parking.

Day use parking fees

Most DCR facilities charge a daily parking fee. Some add a surcharge to benefit a trust for future projects.

Daily parking fees are waived for vehicles with a:

  • DCR ParksPass
  • Senior DCR ParksPass
  • Handicapped license plate or placard
  • Purple Heart Recipient license plate or placard
  • Disabled veteran license plate or placard
MA resident  Rates
Ocean beaches Up to $12 per day
Inland beaches $8 per day
Scenic & historic areas Up to $5 per day
Non-MA resident  Rates
Ocean Beaches Up to $20 per day
Inland beaches $15 per day
Scenic & historic areas Up to $10 per day

Parking fee locations & schedule

Additional Resources for Day use parking fees

Annual DCR ParksPass

The annual DCR ParksPass allows you to save on daily parking fees at most state parks. The pass is good for one vehicle for 1 calendar year, January through December. The fee is $60 for MA residents and $120 for non-residents.

Additional Resources for Annual DCR ParksPass

Senior DCR ParksPass

The Senior ParksPass waives daily parking fees at most state parks. Residents 62 years and older pay a one-time fee of $10 for the lifetime pass. 

Additional Resources for Senior DCR ParksPass

Bus parking fees

Parking is available at some state parks and beaches for groups traveling by bus with 16 or more passengers.

Before you go, check parking availability and make reservations.

The bus parking fee at most DCR facilities range from $35 to $50 per day. Most of the state parks and beaches in the Boston Region do not have bus parking fees.   

Youth Group Bus Passes are available for groups of children under 18 years old. These passes are available for single or 10-day visits.

Additional Resources for Bus parking fees

Borrow a DCR ParksPass

Some libraries and recreation centers allow you to borrow a ParksPass free of charge. Contact a participating facility to learn more.

Additional Resources for Borrow a DCR ParksPass

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