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Swim for Free at Watkins Glen State Park This Summer


Swimming pool entry fees have been waived at Watkins Glen State Park and all New York State Parks for this summer. It’s part of the state’s new “Get Offline, Get Outside” summer campaign unveiled on Tuesday to promote physical and mental health by helping New York’s kids and families put down their phones and computers, take a break from social media and enjoy the outdoors and summer recreation.

Additionally, Governor Kathy Hochul launched the $1.5 million Connect Kids to Swimming Instruction Transportation Grant program to help with transportation to swimming lessons as part of the NY SWIMS initiative.

“We’re making it easier for our young people to put down their phones and computers, enjoy time with friends and family, and stay active all across our state,” Governor Hochul said. “Summer is here – get offline and get outside.”

 Regular parking fees still apply at State Parks locations that include on-site parking. Governor Hochul has also initiated a pilot program at State Park pools to offer free sunscreen to help families stay safe in the sun and enjoy the outdoors.

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