It has been extremely hot out the past couple of days and in New York State it has been near record setting in every single city. There will be new cooling stations and misters coming to select spots in New York State.

Governor Hochul announced earlier in the week that because it is so hot outside they will offer free admission to all of the state parks and beaches in New York State. This is only going to be free today.

In Buffalo, Woodlawn beach today, you will not have to pay to get into the park. Typically, the admission to get in is $7.

Governor Hochul announced several beaches and pools are temporarily open ahead of the season and cooling features such as sprays and misters are being added at several State Park sites throughout New York City.


“Extreme heat can be dangerous for New Yorkers, and I’m doing everything I can to help families stay safe and cool this week,” Governor Hochul said. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of free and early admission to our world class beaches, pools and other State Park sites to beat the heat as we expect record temperatures across the state", according to the New York State website.

Here is a list of all of the parks that will be having extra cooling stations:

New York City

  • Marsha P. Johnson State Park
  • Gantry Plaza State Park
  • Roberto Clemente State Park
  • Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park – Indoor pool also open

Sites open early for swimming:

Western New York

  • Woodlawn Beach State Park

Long Island

  • Jones Beach State Park
  • Robert Moses State Park
  • Hither Hills State Park
  • Sunken Meadow State Park

Hudson Valley

  • Lake Welch State Park
  • Canopus State Park
  • Rockland Lake State Park
  • Tallman Mountain State Park
  • Bear Mountain State Park
  • Lake Tiorati Beach – Harriman State Park

Capital Region

  • Taconic State Park – Copake Falls Area
  • Lake Taghkanic State Park
  • Grafton Lakes State Park
  • Moreau Lake State Park
  • Thompson’s Lake Campground – Thacher State Park

Southern Tier

  • Chenango Valley State Park

Central New York

  • Fillmore Glen State Park
  • Green Lakes State Park
  • Sandy Island Beach State Park

Mohawk Valley

  • Gilbert Lake State Park
  • Glimmerglass State Park
  • Verona Beach State Park
  • Delta Lake State Park

Finger Lakes

  • Seneca Lake State Park Spray Ground
  • Sampson State Park – Opened early for the season on Monday

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