One gift really does keep on giving all year long across the Palmetto State, and it comes with a 20 percent discount through Dec. 31.
The S.C. Park Service and Piggly Wiggly have partnered to sell Park Passports, the annual passes that cover admission to 47 state parks and historic sites.
It’s as easy as buying a voucher at a Piggly Wiggly store and redeeming it for a pass at any state park, activating that pass for one year of use from that date.
For instance, the standard Park Passport costs $75, but with this deal through Piggly Wiggly, the charge drops to $60. The cost for a Park Passport Plus, which comes with some free benefits such as nature programs that otherwise incur small fees, and a copy of the “Beautiful Places” state-park coffee table book, decreased to $79.20 from $99.
Marion Edmonds, communications director for the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism in Columbia, said this teaming up of the park service and the New Hampshire-based grocery chain, whose S.C. division operates from Charleston, resulted from building on projects “on and off over the years.”
It made a good joint project for us, and the discount is nothing to sneeze at. That’s how I’m getting my gift Park Passports this year.
The Park Passport Plus: It makes a nice gift, and it comes with a coffee table book. With the standard Park Passport, anybody who uses the parks with any regularity gets a great return on that.
The Inland Parl Passport: That’s for folks who really don’t get down to the coast, but use more of their local parks really often.
Now Myrtle Beach State park is a treasure just a few minutes from downtown Myrtle Beach, and in Huntington Beach, you really do have the opportunity to decompress from what is becoming an increasingly developed area. Those two parks ... are continuing in high demand.