Summer is here and New York State Parks are open for fun and healthy outdoor recreation. If you’re planning to visit please know your experience will be different this year as we take steps to protect visitor and staff safety during this public health emergency. To encourage physical social distancing, capacity limits are in effect. We expect many parks to reach capacity early and close to incoming visitors. Please have a plan ready to visit a different park or consider postponing your visit for another day.
For park capacity updates and closure information visit parks.ny.gov.
Play Smart * Play Safe * Play Local State Parks and the Department of Environmental Conservation have launched the PLAY SMART * PLAY SAFE * PLAY LOCAL campaign to encourage all New Yorkers to recreate safely, responsibly, and locally this summer and to always treat fellow outdoor adventurers with respect. Take the pledge, and promise to use common sense to protect yourself and others when enjoying the outdoors.
Learn more: PLAY SMART * PLAY SAFE * PLAY LOCAL pledge
Below are some specifics for State Park visitors:
Face Coverings: For the safety of all visitors, please wear a face covering when you cannot maintain social distance.
Pools: Pools are open, with density reduction measures in effect. Visitors will be asked to sign in with contact information to enable potential contact tracing measures. Visitors can check the individual park’s swimming hours of operation before they visit. Visit parks.ny.gov for a listing of State Parks with swimming pools.
Beaches: State Park beaches are open at 50% capacity or less and with heightened precautions. You must practice social distancing at a state beach. More details are available through our press release. Visit parks.ny.gov for a listing of State Parks with swimming beaches.
Restrooms: Public restrooms may be limited. Visitors should plan accordingly and call the park office for more information.
Travel Advisory: Please note New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut have implemented a tri-state travel advisory that requires any individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Visit health.ny.gov Covid-19 Travel Advisory for more information, including the daily updated list of affected states
NY State Parks Explorer App: Download the free New York State Parks Explorer App, a user-friendly resource for park information, updates and alerts. Available for both iOS and Android devices. Google Play Store, Android. Apple App Store, iPhone