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Beat the Heat: Free Admission to New York State Parks Today and Thursday


Admission to all New York State Parks will be free today and Thursday to help New Yorkers beat the heat this week. Governor Kathy Hochul also announced several beaches and pools are temporarily open ahead of the season and cooling features such as sprays and misters are being added at several State Park sites throughout New York City.

“Extreme heat can be dangerous for New Yorkers, and I’m doing everything I can to help families stay safe and cool this week,” Governor Hochul said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of free and early admission to our world-class beaches, pools and other State Park sites to beat the heat as we expect record temperatures across the state.”

Once again today, record temperatures are possible in Western, Central, and Northern New York, and the Capital Region. The “feels like” temperature values could approach the low 90’s to over 100 degrees today through Friday. Ahead of pools, beaches, and other cooling opportunities at State Park sites opening for the season, the Governor directed several locations to open temporarily this week to help New Yorkers cool down.

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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