As you may already have guessed, I’m always looking for a great deal! The last time we checked out a State Park, my wife actually asked me if there was an annual pass that’s available for the Florida State Park system. The short answer is yes! The long answer is that it depending on your situation, it may or may not be worth it. The did some research on Florida State Park Annual Pass Discounts and it turns out that there are quite a few available, but their website is very confusing, so I figured I would take some time to really jump in and help explain whether r not a Florida State Park Annual Pass would help save your family some money. Especially since summer is upon us, many folks want to take their little ones out for a day of fun and adventure!
Individual Florida State Park Annual Pass – $60:
If you’re flying solo, and don’t go to the parks with your family, this might be the Florida State Park Annual pass for you. At $60, you get an all you can handle pass to explore most of the Florida State Parks without having to whip out cash each and every time. This is a great pass if you are into hiking, biking, and live very close to a Florida State Park that you visits frequently. Folks that tend to meet up with other like-minded hikers and bikers would probably be the target audience for this pass. Single occupancy cars are charged on average of $4 per entry, so this pass has a Dyett Factor 15. (In case you missed it, the Dyett Factor is named for a good friend of mine that is always trying to convince us to purchase annual passes for theme parks. It’s how many times per year you would need to use an annual pass for it to actually pay off versus paying per visit. You can read more about it here)
Want to get a discount on the Individual Florida State Park Annual Pass? If you are an active military service man/woman or a military veteran the pass is dropped down to $45 per year. You must provide your DD214 to make sure you were not dishonorably discharged or your active military ID. This bring the Dyett Factor down to 12. Not bad, but my personal belief is that we should allow active service men and woo me FREE admission, especially those on R&R. Just my two cents there..
Family Florida State Park Annual Pass – $120:
If you are always taking the family along to a Florida State Park, then you know that the cost of multi person vehicles bumps up a bit. It varies from park to park, but on average it’s around $6 for up to 8 people. Considering our family focus is a family of 4, the more people you pack into your mini-van the cheaper it is per person. So how does the Florida State Park Annual Pass match up to daily rates? The Dyett factor for the family pass is 20, so if you go to a Florida State Park at least every two and a half weeks you’ll at least break even. Again, if you live around the corner from a Florida State Park, and find yourself fishing, hiking, or biking at the spot constantly, then you’re certainly going to want to get the Family Florida State Park Annual Pass. If you’re a once a month visitor, you’ll probably just want to continue to pay the daily rates.
Even for the family pass, the Florida State Park system didn’t forget the veterans and active service folks! The price drops down to $90 annually with a Dyett Factor of 15. The same criteria applies but going a bit more than once per month will have you saving cash if you’re a constant visitor.
Even With A Florida State Park Annual Pass:
I personally don’t think it’s that big of a deal, but in some parks the Family Annual Pass only allows two people in, but you get a discount for additional family members. Currently they are Homosassa Springs and Weekii Wachee Springs. There are a few other limitations, but overall most parks should accept your annual pass without issue.
Please remember though that a Florida State Park Annual Pass isn’t like a theme park pass! If you go visits the mouse you flash your annual pass everywhere! Dining, lodging, and gift shops are great places to show dour annual pass at Walt’s most magical place on Earth, but in a Florida State Park, the Annual Pass is only good for admission. There may be discounts for pass holders with individual concessionaires, restaurants, museums, and tour groups, but don’t count on it. It’s certainly OK to ask, but don’t be disappointed if you get charged full price for a canoe rental or a free camping stay.
Some Folks Can Get A FREE Lifetime Florida State Park Annual Pass!
If you are a veteran with a service related disability you may qualify for a FREE Lifetime Florida State Park Annual Pass. If you are disabled due to an injury received while on active duty, you can apply in person at any Florida State Park for a lifetime pass. You’ll need to bring some documentation with you and fill out some paperwork, but they are available. I personally think it’s the least we can do for those that have had a life altering injury because they were protecting our freedom. While it’s free for your lifetime, you may need to renew it every 5 years.
If you are the spouse or parent of one of our fallen combat veterans, you are also eligible to receive a FREE lifetime Florida State Park Annual Pass as well. You will of course be asked to verify this, and you may need to answer some uncomfortable questions. Checkout the link below to see what you need to bring with you. The free lifetime pass options also holds true for spouses and parents of Florida Firefighters or Law Enforcement Officers who have died in the line of duty.
What about other Discounts?
I’m glad you asked. There are also some less commonly known discounts that are also available at Florida State Parks. If for example, you are an Economically Disadvantaged Florida state resident participating in the food stamp program, you can get half off the regular admission price. I wouldn’t expect to get an annual pass for half off or anything, but if your regular family entrance fee was $6, you just saved $3. The details on their site are a bit vague, as I’m sure this isn’t a widely promoted discount, but they do offer this. You will probably want to bring a copy of your Food Stamp (Now called SNAP I believe) aware letter as well as your Food Stamp card with you when you go. It wouldn’t hurt to bring a printout from their website where it mentions this in their Master Fee Schedule.
If you are 65 or over and 100% disabled, you can actually get up to a 50% discount on base camping fees. This can be a really great deal especially if you travel around the state quite a bit! Again you must bring some verification documents with you, and you can read more about that here. The biggest downside to this discount is that it does not appear that you can book these discounted stays online, so you would need to visits in person. That could be a bit of a pain if you are trying to plan head.
Armed with these discounts and knowledge about the Florida State Park Annual Passes, go out and have lots of adventures!
Florida State Park Annual Pass Details:
|Estimated Cost For A Family of 4:||$120|
|Dyett Factor: 20|