Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

November 22, 2016

State Parks Press Office:
Randy Simons | Dan Keefe
(518) 486-1868 |

State Parks Offers Outdoors Over Stores on Black Friday November 25

State Parks Are Open and Free to Enter

The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) encourages all to freely enjoy state parks on Black Friday November 25. As an alternative to busy shopping centers, several parks across the state are offering special events and programs such as the Buy Nothing Day that allow visitors to recycle and repurpose items into gifts, the Thanksgiving Walk Off and even a surprise visit from Santa on Black Friday that is sure to bring enjoyment and excitement.

"We encourage all to escape, explore and experience all that state parks have to offer," said State Park Commissioner Rose Harvey. "State Parks are open year round and while our properties are family friendly and affordable they are free to enter on Black Friday. Extend the holiday gathering with family and friends by visiting a state park and connecting with nature and each other."

For a full list of state park programs on Black Friday and over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend please visit Click on "November Events" right on the homepage.

While a majority of state parks do not charge this time of year the few parks that do such as Niagara Falls in Niagara County, Walkway Over the Hudson in Dutchess and Ulster counties, Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Westchester County, Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Ulster County, Connetquot River State Park Preserve and Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Suffolk County and others are waiving the vehicle entry fee for Black Friday November 25.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 65 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter