Your Zipcar can get you into these New England state parks and beaches for free

The program includes free parking at seven Rhode Island beaches.

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Zipcar now offers a free pass to certain state parks and beaches in New England. –Zipcar

You can cross admission costs and parking fees off your summer road trip budget when you use a Zipcar to visit certain New England state parks and beaches.

The Boston-based car-sharing service launched a free park pass program on Friday in seven US states, including Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The program provides customers “more opportunity to easily and conveniently explore places outside of the city, from hiking trails to campsites and beaches,” Zipcar wrote in a press release.

You’ll find the free park passes on several vehicles, ranging from Subaru Crosstreks to Honda CR-Vs to Toyota Corollas, according to the release. In Massachusetts, the passes are good for admission and parking at all Department of Conservation and Recreation state parks, with the exception of the Quabbin Reservoir fishing area.


In Rhode Island, you can snag free parking at the following seven beaches: Charlestown Breachway and East Beach, both in Charlestown; East Matunuck State Beach in South Kingstown; Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly; and Roger W. Wheeler State Beach, Salty Brine State Beach, and Scarborough State Beaches (North and South), all in Narragansett.

“We know our members love the cities they live in, but also enjoy the freedom of being able to hit the open road and explore areas beyond city limits from time to time,” said Sherrill Kaplan, head of marketing and sales at Zipcar, in a statement. “With hundreds of Zipcars now equipped with free park passes, our members have an easy, hassle-free way to visit some of the most incredible state and provincial parks, giving them one more reason to experience their surrounding areas.”

The other states where Zipcars are now equipped with park passes are Colorado, Michigan, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington. The program also extends to Canada, where you can use it for entry into Ontario parks.

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