National Seashore gives active military free annual passes

Free Annual Passes Available next 4 days

Gulf Islands National Seashore celebrates the holidays by distributing free annual passes for active duty U.S. military members at Fort Barrancas.  These grant free access to national parks and other federal recreational lands.  Active military personnel or their dependents can pick up their free passes over the next four days (December 19-22), from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Fort Barrancas Visitor Center.  They must be picked up in person and a Common Access Card or Military ID (form 1173) is required.

America the Beautiful Passes – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is a convenient way to visit more than 2,000 sites of incomparable wonder, from Grand Canyon National Park to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge.  If visiting several areas, the pass can save you money. There is no limit on the number of sites you can see, and each pass covers entrance fee or standard amenity fees for a driver and passengers in a personal vehicle at a per-vehicle fee area, such as Gulf Islands National Seashore.

There are a variety of options under the America the Beautiful Pass Program including: annual passes (available to everyone) and free passes for active duty U.S. military members, discounted lifetime passes for seniors (62 or older and U.S. citizen), and free lifetime passes for those with permanent disabilities (U.S. citizen).

America the Beautiful Passes may be purchased in person at federal recreation sites, where passes are accepted for entry. The passes may also be purchased by phone (1-888-275-8747, ext. 1) or online: Senior and Access passes are also available by mail. Visit for more information on how to obtain a pass.

America the Beautiful and Gulf Islands Annual Passes are available at the following locations at Gulf Islands National Seashore: 1) Fort Pickens Entrance Station, 2) Fort Pickens Campground Office, 3) Perdido Key Entrance Station, and 4) Davis Bayou Campground Registration.



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