News from the DNR Office of Communications

Assateague State Park Offering Discount Admission On Weekdays In June

Berlin, Md. (May 24, 2011) — Assateague State Park will offer reduced-price day-use area admission to visitors Monday through Friday during the month of June.

“In celebration of the beginning of summer and the school year coming to a close, visitors will receive a one dollar discount off the regular day-use area service charge during weekdays throughout June,” said Assateague State Park Manager Mike Riley. ”Heading to the beach at Assateague is a great way to get the family outside for some fun, sun and sand now that summer is right around the corner.”

Day-use area admission will be discounted to $2 per person for Maryland residents and $3 per person for out-of-state visitors. The Maryland Park Service encourages visitors to take advantage of this weekday value and enjoy the great outdoors at Assateague State Park.

For more information or questions about Assateague State Park contact: or call 410-641-2918.

Maryland’s State Parks not only provide great outdoor recreation for Marylanders and visitors, they are also a great asset to State and local economies. According to a recent study, conducted in partnership with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, Maryland State Parks have an estimated annual economic benefit of more than $650 million. In 2010, visitors directly spent more than $567 million locally — $25.56 locally for every dollar the State invests in State Parks —during their visits. And almost 95 percent of visitors had their expectations met or exceeded during visits.

   May 24, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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