New York State parks and beaches open for Memorial Day Weekend


New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

NEW YORK (WWTI) — Visitors are being invited to all parks and beaches across New York State.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation confirmed that it will open 22 beaches, pools and sprayground across the state for swimming this Memorial Day weekend.

State Parks also confirmed that beaches, campgrounds and picnic areas will return to normal operating capacity this summer.

“I welcome residents and visitors alike to kick-off the summer season by visiting a state park or historic site and seeing for themselves all the beauty and history this state has to offer,” said Erik Kulleseid, Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “Thanks to the great progress we’ve made fighting the covid-19 crisis, families can look forward to renewing their summer traditions and discovering new adventures at our State Parks.”

However, visitors are urged to abide by the following guidelines when visiting parks.

  • Maintain a six foot distance between parties
  • Follow guidance to maintain distance including signage, distance markers, directional arrows and physical barriers
  • Unvaccinated visitors must wear a face covering when unable to maintain social distancing
  • All visitors are required to wear a face covering inside park buildings

State Parks will continue its social distance ambassador program this summer to encourage social distancing in areas of high pedestrian traffic and prone to crowding.

Swimming availability varies by park. Weather permitting, the following State Park swimming beaches will be open Memorial Day weekend:

  • Long Island
    • Jones Beach
    • Robert Moses
    • Hither Hills
    • Sunken Meadow
  • Mid-Hudson
    • Lake Tiorati
    • Lake Welch
    • Rockland Lake pool
  • Capital District
    • Grafton Lakes
    • Lake Taghkanic
    • Moreau Lake
    • Taconic – Copake Falls
    • Thompson’s Lake
  • Mohawk Valley
    • Delta Lake
    • Gilbert Lake
    • Glimmerglass
    • Verona Beach
    • Central
    • Green Lakes
    • Fair Haven Beach
  • Southern Tier
    • Chenango Valley
  • Finger Lakes
    • Seneca Lake Sprayground
  • Western New York
    • Beaver Island
    • Woodlawn

Additional swimming facilities will open as the summer continues. A listing of swimming beaches with hours of operation is available on the New York State Parks website.

State Parks campgrounds will be open for Memorial Day weekend. Reservations are required.

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