Visitors Can Now Pre-Purchase Passes and Store Them on Their Own Mobile Devices

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Date: February 22, 2016
Contact: Lynn Cullivan, 415-561-7006

Visitors Can Now Pre-Purchase Passes and Store Them on Their Own Mobile Devices

San Francisco, CA – The National Park Service (NPS) has launched a pilot program to make entrance passes for San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (SAFR) available for sale through visitors’ smartphones. Visitors to the Park now have the convenience of purchasing - at no additional cost – SAFR annual and seven-day entrance passes using a free mobile app. (the app currently runs on iOS, and will soon be available for Android). A link to the app is available from the Park’s website at https://www.nps.gov/safr/planyourvisit/fees.htm

“Today, many of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s potential visitors, especially Millennials - the next generation of national park visitors - conduct business on mobile devices,” said Superintendent Kevin Hendricks. “We want to make it as easy to experience your national park as buying a cup of coffee!”

The park's authorized pass vendor, Viply LLC, has created an app that allows park visitors to pre-purchase an entrance pass and skip the long ticketing lines by quickly scanning a Quick Response (QR) code at the park’s entrance booth. The electronic version of the seven-day park pass or park annual pass is also convenient – it can’t get lost or misplaced because it resides on the visitor’s own mobile device. The pass is non-transferrable, non refundable, non replaceable and should be available on visitors’ smartphones at all times while in the park.

The annual entrance pass fee for San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is $40, and seven-day entrance passes are $10. Children 15 years or younger accompanied by an adult do not need an entry ticket. Entrance fees are also not charged to holders of the America the Beautiful pass series including – the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual, Senior, Access, Every Kid in a Park 4th Grade, or Military Pass.

"We are excited to be working with the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and provide a convenient, hassle-free app enabling visitors to access park passes in advance, by-pass ticketing lines and immediately enjoy all of the Park’s amenities,” said John Masterson Co-Founder and President of Viply.

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is located at the west end of Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. The park includes a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships, a Visitor Center, a Maritime Museum, a public Maritime Research Center, and the Aquatic Park Historic District.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, the park seeks to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates and invites visitors to join us in celebrating our Centennial milestone. For more information, please call 415-447-5000 or visit nps.gov/safr, and join the conversation at Twitter @SFMaritimeNPS, facebook.com/SanFranciscoMaritimeNHP, www.youtube.com/user/SFMaritimeNHP, www.flickr.com/photos/sfmaritimenps, and www.instagram.com/sfmaritimenps

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Last updated: February 22, 2016

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