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Swimming at NY State Parks 

Beat the summer heat and come stay cool at our beaches, lakes and pools. We have waterfalls, spray grounds, olympic-size pools, beautiful ocean beaches and lovely lakeside waterfronts. Check out our photo gallery for a little inspiration.

  New Yorkers Love Their Parks    

On Saturday, May 5, Governor Cuomo joined thousands of New Yorkers to volunteer at state parks as part of the first ever I Love My Park Day.  

Volunteers across the state showed their love for state parks by pitching in at clean-up, beautification and stewardship events at more than 40 state parks and historic sites.  Organized in partnership with Parks & Trails New York, the volunteer initiative gave New Yorkers a chance to celebrate the state's park system by cleaning up park lands and beaches, planting trees and gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects.  Governor Cuomo joined volunteers at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Westchester County and Roberto Clemente State in the Bronx.

Stay tuned for details on I Love My Park Day 2013, to be held the first Saturday in May!  


Golf News: The Barclays comes to Bethpage Black  

August 23-26, 2012 

Join us as we tee off in 2012 at the challenging Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, NY - the past host to two US Open Championships - for four days of world-class golf competition. 

Purchase Tickets NOW 
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Ticket purchases made at the Clubhouse & through this link will directly support the care and maintenance of Bethpage golfcourses
for seasons ahead.

Park Commissioner Rose Harvey Discusses Plans to Revitalize NY State Parks & Historic Sites
Park Commissioner Rose Harvey Discusses Plans to Revitalize NY State Parks & Historic Sites
This Summer, Get Ready for Battle!


History lovers, look no further.  Experience the pageantry, and learn about the bravery and behind-the-scenes support that helped shape New York's military presence throughout our nation's history.


The summer brings numerous re-enactments to state historic sites across New York.  Interested in Revolutionary War cannon fire at New Windsor Cantonment? How about joining America's largest annual French and Indian War Encampment at Old Fort Niagara?  Or celebrating the milestone 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 at Sackets Harbor?  Perhaps you'd like a Civil War weekend at Fort Ontario?  Many historic sites are hosting special events with battle reenactments, living history camps, drills, military music, period activities, food and much more. 


Nik Wallenda Walks the Walk

On June 15, amidst tens of thousands of spectators, tight-rope walker Nik Wallenda amazed onlookers by walking on a two-inch-wide steel cable across the roaring Niagara Falls from the U.S. to Canada. Holding a 30-foot pole for balance, and suspended 200 feet above the gorge, the 33-year old performer crossed 1,800 feet of wire in a little over 25 minutes, becoming the first person to walk directly over the falls. The live telecast of a night-time feat drew 13.1 million viewers.

If you missed out on this heart-pounding triumph, check out this 
photo gallery of highlights.
The NY State Parks
Guide is here!

This new guide showcases the entire system of state parks, historic sites, golf courses and nature centers.   

Printed copies are available at
your nearest state park or  
by calling: 518.486.1868 
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 Free Park App to Launch Soon!


Our NY State Parks App will include contact information, directions, event listings, images, maps, search features, weather, links to social networks, share features and more. Look for it on our website and the iTunes store soon!


Visit a Nature Center

Are you wild about wildlife, a budding naturalist or just plain curious about the outdoors? Then check out our nature centers.  Here, families and school groups can discover oodles of cool and interesting facts and ideas about nature. Through exhibits, hands-on programming and lectures, environmental educators and staff will share their knowledge from ecology to geology, answer your questions and help you connect with the outdoors. 

See our full list of
Nature Centers
and go visit.  
Please Don't Move Firewood! 

If you're planning on visiting the parks and bringing firewood, you could be spreading diseases and invasive insects that can quickly kill large numbers of trees.

Do not transport any untreated firewood to state lands, campgrounds or parks -- only bring heat treated firewood or buy firewood at the campground. Help us slow the spread by obeying the Firewood Regulations.

Please be aware that certain states and counties/areas within New York State have quarantines that further restrict the movement of firewood. For more information visit the NY Department of Environmental Conservation or call toll free 1-866-640-0652.

gift card 2012
Gift Ideas! 

The Empire Passport is your key to all-season enjoyment. The passport provides unlimited day use vehicle entry to most state parks and recreation facilities for just $65. Valid through March 31st, 2013 

Or l
ooking for a unique gift? The Parks Gift Card is available in any denomination for camping, golf reservations and greens fees at most state park facilities.