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Free Admission to State Park During This Week's Heat Wave

Free admission to all New York State Parks on June 19 and June 20 to help New Yorkers beat the heat. Cooling features like misters and sprays will be added at State Park sites in New York City. Select beaches and pools opened early to help New Yorkers cool down. Governor Kathy Hochul urges New Yorkers to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and find cooling centers in the state and city. Stay safe in the extreme heat and be aware of heat-related symptoms.


A full list of expanded access to State Parks and cooling features is available below:

Sites to add cooling features through Friday:

New York City

  • Marsha P. Johnson State Park

  • Gantry Plaza State Park

  • Roberto Clemente State Park

  • Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park – Indoor pool also open

Sites open early for swimming:

Long Island

  • Jones Beach State Park

  • Robert Moses State Park

  • Hither Hills State Park

  • Sunken Meadow State Park

Hudson Valley

  • Lake Welch State Park

  • Canopus State Park

  • Rockland Lake State Park

  • Tallman Mountain State Park

  • Bear Mountain State Park

  • Lake Tiorati Beach – Harriman State Park

Capital Region

  • Taconic State Park – Copake Falls Area

  • Lake Taghkanic State Park

  • Grafton Lakes State Park

  • Moreau Lake State Park

  • Thompson’s Lake Campground – Thacher State Park

Southern Tier

  • Chenango Valley State Park

Central New York

  • Fillmore Glen State Park

  • Green Lakes State Park

  • Sandy Island Beach State Park

Mohawk Valley

  • Gilbert Lake State Park

  • Glimmerglass State Park

  • Verona Beach State Park

  • Delta Lake State Park

Finger Lakes

  • Seneca Lake State Park Spray Ground

  • Sampson State Park – Opened early for the season on Monday

Western New York

  • Woodlawn Beach State Park


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