State Parks offer discounts to current military, retirees and veterans

FRANKFORT, Ky. –  Current and former members of our nation’s military services can take advantage of discount rates with the Kentucky State Parks “USA Military Pass” program from Nov. 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012.

Lake Barkley State Park is just one of the facilities where Guard Families can take advantage of the season's discounts.

The program is available to those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists. Proof of military service is required at check-in.

“Our Kentucky State Parks offer great outdoor opportunities for families looking for a break,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “We appreciate the men and women who serve or who have served in uniform for our country and want to let them know how appreciative we are.”

With the USA Military Pass, lodge rooms are available for $44.95 a night; one bedroom cottages for $74.95 a night; two bedroom cottages for $84.95 a night and three bedroom cottages for $94.95 a night. Tax is not included in these rates.

The Kentucky State Parks have 17 resorts that offer golf, fishing, hiking on scenic trails, beautiful scenery and full-service restaurants. Many resorts are near or include historic sites and museums and offer programs during the fall and winter, such as elk tours, eagle watching tours and entertainment.

This offer may not be used in conjunction with other special discounts or packages. The discount is based on availability, for leisure travel only, and may exclude special events and holidays.

For more information about Kentucky State Parks and to make reservations, visit www.parks.ky.gov or call 1-800-255-7275.

During the months of April through October, current and former members of the military can get a 10 percent lodging discount.

(If you’re making your reservation online, use “USA” for the promo code for reservations between Nov. 1 and March 31. During the April through October period, select “military discount” when making an online reservation.)

The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 51 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges — more than any other state.

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