Although there’s no such thing as a free lunch, some Florida State Park visitors may be able to save a few bucks on admission and camping fees.
Specifically, veterans with a service-connected disability can receive a free military entrance pass, good for admission to all Florida State Parks. This lifetime pass is valid for park admission of up to eight people, except at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and Weeki Wachee Springs State park, where it’s good for up to two people.
Proof of identification, service-connected disability and honorable discharge are required. Acceptable documentation includes:
- Valid driver’s license.
- Documentation from Department of Defense or another appropriate agency of service-connected disability.
- DD Form 214 showing honorable discharge.
The military entrance pass can only be obtained in person at any Florida State Park. Surviving Spouses and parents of US military members who have died in combat are also eligible for this pass.
Honorably discharged veterans can also receive a 25% discount on state park individual or family passes. These passes, which are valid for one year, are good for admission to all Florida state parks. A valid driver’s license and a DD Form 214 are required to get the discount; and like the military entrance pass, it can only be obtained in person at the state parks.
And if you don’t qualify for either of those passes, but you plan to visit a number of Florida State Parks, you can still save some money by purchasing an individual or family annual pass. These passes are good for one year and they can be purchased online at shop.floridastateparks.org/shop/passes-passports.html or at any state park entrance. The individual pass is priced at $60, while the family pass costs $120.
Additionally, if you plan to do some camping in the Sunshine State, you may be eligible for a 50% discount on your campsite. This discount is only available to Florida citizens who either are at least 65 years old, or have a 100% disability. Proof of age, disability and residency are required upon arrival in order to receive this discount.
So plan ahead, bring your documentation, and rack up some savings at any of Florida’s 161 state parks.