Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Admission

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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.

New York State Parks offers the following admission programs:

Admission Programs

Empire Pass

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

Empire Pass: Patriot Plan Benefit

All members 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 Pass for use by his or her immediate family during deployment and/or for his or her own use when returning home.

Golden Park Program

New York State residents 62 or older may obtain free vehicle entry 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

A great gift for those who enjoy camping or golf. Available in any denomination and with no expiration date, order online or by phone.