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COVID-19 UPDATE: New York State Parks are currently open. If you plan on visiting, please wear a face covering and maintain safe 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 

PARK CAPACITY ALERT: The following State Parks have filled to capacity and are currently closed to incoming visitors and traffic. Please make alternate plans.

As of 11:20am: Southwick Beach is CLOSED


Entrance Fees: State Park beaches, day-use areas and historic sites may charge entrance fee of between $6-$10 beginning Saturday, June 6.

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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