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Golden Park Program

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New York State Golden Park Program

If you are a New York State resident 62 or older, on any weekday (except holidays), you can obtain free vehicle access to most* state parks, boat launch sites and arboretums and fee reduction to state historic sites and state-operated golf courses.

Simply present your currently valid New York State Driver License or New York State Non-Driver Identification Card** at the park entrance. No application is required as your NY State Driver's License/Non-Driver ID Card serves as your pass. For locations with pay stations, please contact the facility directly for information.

For information about facilities where this program is valid, contact the nearest state park,
state park regional office or:

New York State Parks
Albany, New York 12238
518-474-0456
TTY/TDD through 711 Relay Service

*free vehicle access not valid at Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, Earl W. Brydges Artpark State Park, Fahnestock Winter Park, Lake Superior State Park, and Oak Orchard State Marine Park.

** A New York State Driver License or a New York State Non-Driver Identification Card may be obtained from your local Motor Vehicle office. You may want to contact them first to be certain you bring the required forms of identification.