Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation


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Most New York State parks charge a vehicle use fee of between $6 and $10 dollars for day use. Parks may also charge additional fees for such amenities as pools and picnic shelter reservations. Historic sites generally charge an admission fee of between $1 and $6. For more information about park and historic site fees and hours, including when fees are charged, please contact the facility directly. Contact information for our facilities can be found on the park and historic site pages of our website.

New York State Parks offers certain discounts through the admission programs listed here. For more information, please visit the following links:

Admission Programs

Empire Passport

The empire passport is your key to all-season enjoyment at New York State Parks. Passports are available for different lengths of time, choose from: one year, multiple-year or, the Lifetime Empire Passport. All Empire Passports provide unlimited day use vehicle entry to most state parks and recreation facilities.

Patriot Plan Benefit

What: Pursuant to Executive Order 125 and in recognition of their commitment and sacrifices while in service, a member of the New York State Militia or any branch of the New York State National Guard or military reserves who is currently serving on active duty in support of the war on terrorism is eligible for one free Empire Passport for use by his or her immediate family during deployment and/or for his or her own use when returning home.

How: Complete an ordinary Empire Passport application, attach a copy of the orders (showing authorization/purpose/type duty code) calling the soldier to this active duty and mail it to Empire Passport, Albany, NY 12238 or fax it to 518-486-7378 attn: Empire Passport. Once approved, a free Empire Passport will be mailed. Applications are available online, by mail or at any New York State park.

Note: Annual reapplication, including submission of orders, is necessary as long as this program is offered.

Golden Park Program

If you are a New York State resident 62 or older you may obtain free vehicle entry into state parks on non-holiday weekdays.

Access Pass

The Access Pass permits residents of New York State with disabilities free or discounted use of state parks, historic sites and recreational facilities.

Lifetime Liberty Pass

The Lifetime Liberty Pass permits New York State veterans with a 40% or greater service-connected disability discounted use of state parks, historic sites, and recreational facilities.

Gift Card

What better gift for your outdoor enthusiast friends and family than a New York State Parks gift card?