The frenzy for buying a $10 senior pass before the price increases on August 28 has created a shortage of passes available in the Albany Capital District. In order to meet requirements set by legislation passed by Congress in December 2016, the price of the America the Beautiful-National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass will increase from $10 to $80. Parks are encouraging people to call ahead to make sure passes are in stock.
Fort Stanwix National Monument, Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, Saratoga National Historical Park, and Women’s Rights National Historical Park do not carry the passes. “People are coming to our sites daily looking for the passes,” explained Saratoga Superintendent, Amy Bracewell. “Since we are sites that do not charge an entrance fee, we do not sell the passes. Please call before making the drive to the park.”
The historic homes that make up the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites in Hyde Park, New York do carry the passes. Please call the visitor center at (845) 229-9115 to confirm the passes are in stock. “We are issuing approximately 150-200 senior passes per day,” noted Park Superintendent Larry Turk. “If you do call or come by when we have sold out, rest assured that we get new shipments of passes regularly.”
The pass can be purchased for $10 before August 28 at a national park or other Federal recreation area that charges an entrance or standard amenity (day use) fee. The pass can also be obtained by mail or on line, for $10 before August 28 but there will be an additional $10 charge for processing, for a total of $20. Due to expected high order volume, there could be delays with online and mail order processing of up to several months, but purchases before August 28 are guaranteed the $10 price.
Fort Stanwix National Monument: Frank Barrows, 315-336-3113
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, Megan O’Malley, 518-758-9689 ext. 2002
Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, Larry Turk, 845-229-9115 x 2013
Saratoga National Historical Park: Amy Bracewell, 518-670-2940
Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Ami Ghazala, 315-568-2772