Despite it’s notoriously small size, there are over a dozen Rhode Island State Parks and beaches. These recreation areas are stunning and beautiful – and, for certain Rhode Island residents, completely free!
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Disabled persons of any age can receive a FREE Disability Pass!
Rhode Island State Law 32-1-17 says “no fee shall be charged to any person with a disability… to automobiles transporting a non-driver with a disability at any recreational facility owned by the state.”
With the free disability pass, you will not have to pay for parking, admittance or user-fees for playing golf at any Rhode Island State Parks, beaches or recreation areas. However, you will still have to pay fees for picnic tables or other facilities, equestrian areas, performing arts centers, golf cart rentals, etc.
In order to receive a pass, applicants must meet receive either Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income Benefits (SSI), or 100% service-connected disability compensation from the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Free passes for disabled Rhode Island residents are available during the summer months (between May and September). The passes must be renewed annually and a current letter from either the Social Security office or VA must be shown every year. Detailed application instructions can be found here.
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You can get a pass at the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) Headquarters in North Kingstown or at the following recreation areas:
- Charlestown Breachway State Beach
- East Beach State Beach
- East Matunuck State Beach
- Goddard State Golf Course (Not Valid for Golf Cart
- Misquamicut State Beach
- Roger Wheeler State Beach
- Salty Brine State Beach
- Scarborough North & South State Beach
Senior Citizens get at least 50% off!
Anyone who is at least 65 years old can receive half-off the posted rates at all recreational areas owned exclusively by the state (except for docking slips). The 50% off discount is valid for non-residents, too!
If you’re age 65 or older AND you’re eligible to participate in the Rhode Island Pharmaceutical Assistance program, you can get FREE admission!
Everyone gets FREE admission on certain dates!
The Governor and Director of the DEM can announce free state park days, which occur periodically throughout the year.