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COVID-10 UPDATE: New York State Parks are currently open. If you plan on visiting,  please wear a face covering and maintain social distance. Park density limits are in effect, so have an alternate plan ready in case the park you are visiting reaches capacity. For additional information about camping, swimming, and other activities, visit COVID-19 UPDATE.

UPDATE: Wednesday, AUGUST 12th: 

Several Long Island State Parks and Historic Sites are closed today due to weather damage: Trailview, Caleb Smith, Valley Stream, Walt Whitman Historic Site, and Wildwood.

Palisades Region Parks: The following state parks are CLOSED until further notice: High Tor


PARK CAPACITY ALERT: The following parks have filled to capacity and are CLOSED to incoming visitors and traffic. Please seek alternatives:

As of 12:15 PM - Southwick Beach

As of 1:15 PM -  Chimney Bluffs 


Come meet the experts and learn about New York's wild side, from honey bees to sea stars, snakes, and coyotes, to exploring geology, migration, botany and so much more. New York's state parks are home to 30 nature centers that offer diverse environmental education programs for children, families, adults, and school groups.

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