Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation


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Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee between $6 and $10 dollars for day use. Parks may also charge additional fees for such amenities as pools and picnic shelter reservations. Historic sites generally charge an admission fee between $1 and $6. For more information about park and historic site fees and hours, including when fees are charged, please contact the facility directly.

New York State Parks offers the following admission programs:

Admission Programs

Empire Pass

The Empire Pass is your key to all-season enjoyment at New York State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches and trails. Passes are available for different lengths of time, choose from: One Season, Multi-Season or, the Lifetime Empire Pass. All passes provide unlimited day use vehicle entry to most state parks and recreation facilities. To shop for your Empire Pass options, Click Here!

Empire Pass: Patriot Plan Benefit

Members of the New York State National Guard or military reserves who are currently serving on active duty in support of the war on terrorism are eligible for one free Empire Pass for use by their immediate family during deployment and/or for their own use when returning home.

Golden Park Program

New York State residents 62 or older may obtain free vehicle entry state parks on non-holiday weekdays.

Every-Kid-in-a-Park Pass: 4th Grade Free Entry Program

New York State Parks will accept the National Park Service's (NPS) Every-Kid-in-a Park pass upon presentation for free entry for 4th grade students into all State Parks.

Access Pass

The Access Pass permits residents of New York State with disabilities free or discounted use of state parks, historic sites and recreational facilities.

Lifetime Liberty Pass

The Lifetime Liberty Pass permits residents of New York State who are Veterans or Gold Star Parents, Spouses, or Children, free or discounted use of state parks, historic sites, and recreational facilities.

Gift Card

A great gift for those who enjoy camping or golf. Available in any denomination and with no expiration date, order online or by phone.